“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28
Everyone on this team has different roles and responsibilities. Find a teammate and ask each other the following questions:
1. What part do you play on this team?
2. What is the purpose your role? Do you think it’s important?
Think back to the first week when we talked about the purpose part of God’s Game Plan.
We talked about what we think purpose means. Tell me what you think—does your purpose come from how well you play this sport (pause for a few answers)?
Does it come from how well you perform in school?
How does it feel when you fall short or when you don’t measure up?
For some, it’s difficult to recover from a loss or a disappointment when something doesn’t go our way. But here’s the point: our purpose is not defined in our performance in our sport or school. Our purpose is laid out for us in God’s Playbook, the Bible.
The Bible tells us that, “[We] will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” – Romans 12:2b
God’s plan for you will always involve three important things:
These are things you are good at. These kinds of skills help us navigate our lives and the relationships we have.
Maybe you’re really great at talking to people and making new friends. Maybe you’re really great at listening to others and making others feel supported and heard. Or maybe you’re really great at making others laugh or give them encouragement to help them have a better day.
Raise your hand and tell me what you’re good at (pause for a few answers).
Your passions are things you love. Do you love to play your sport? Do you love hanging out with your friends? Do you love helping others? Basically, if you know what you really really like or what makes you excited, you can identify what you’re passionate about.
So, raise your hand and tell me what you love (pause for a few answers).
Your gifts involve how you can serve others with your skills and passions. Maybe you have the gift of hospitality and serve your friends and teammates by always being there for them. Maybe you have the gift of encouragement, and you serve others by making them feel good about themselves.
So, once more, how do you think you can serve others with your skills and passions (pause for a few answers)?
Whatever skills, passions, or gifts you’ve identified, come from the hand of our heavenly Father. He created you and gave you these attributes before you even knew you had them. We can trust that God’s plan is the best plan because He lovingly created you in His own image. But why is this important? It’s important because it helps us see God’s Game Plan for our lives.
Think of God as our Ultimate Coach. One of my jobs as your coach is to come up with a plan that will help you be your very best in this sport and give our team its best chance for success. With God, He creates a plan for our entire lives so that we can have the best path to success, peace, and joy.
Remember, God’s plan isn’t just any plan. It’s a very good plan! Before we close today, I want you to understand that God, our Creator, made you on purpose for you to do great things in this world. He gives you the skills, passions, and gifts to do so.
Isn’t that a great feeling? Turn to the person next to you and say, “You have purpose.”
In the next few Huddle times, we’ll talk about how we know that we can trust God, His Word, and His plan for our lives.
Let’s close in prayer together:
“Dear God, thank You for giving me an important purpose in life. Help me to know your plan and show me how to follow it every day. Amen.”