Team spirit rises on the wings of gratitude

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Just as my daughter's softball game was about to begin, the team's coach asked me run the concession stand. The request left me speechless—if I went to the stand, I'd miss the entire game. Why me?

But as a dedicated parent, I felt obligated to help, so I didn’t say anything. In a huff, I headed off to the concession stand. In the first 15 minutes, one person bought a single piece of bubblegum. I almost blew my stack. I thought, I should be in the stands right now, cheering for the team with the other parents.

But as I fumed and vented to myself, another thought popped into my head: What are you grateful for? I saw this as a nudge from God—I wasn’t exactly thinking about my predicament spiritually.

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