I won’t forget this moment. I was a sophomore in high school and football season was coming to an end. I had played football for two years — well, I was on the team.
One afternoon, I was in the restroom at school. No one else was there. Just as I was about to walk out, our head football coach walked in. I admired and respected him. He had a way of communicating a real concern for each one of us. As he walked into the restroom, he asked me if I was going to play football the next year. He told me that I had a chance to play more. I told him that I wasn’t going to play. I explained that I had a job and I was going to buy a car.
I have never forgotten his response. He said, "You know, you will always have a car for the rest of your life. You only have one chance to play football." Of course I did not listen to him. I quit football, began working more hours, and bought a yellow Volkswagen. Instead of playing football, I was now making car payments.
Was he right? Of course. Later on, I regretted not playing football those last two years. What I don’t regret is the lesson I learned from Coach Campbell. He taught me a very important lesson at an impressionable age. He taught me to have a sense of priority in my life. I learned from this coach that there really are moments in life that will not be repeated again. I thought of this moment when our children were small. I will always be working, but I will only be a father to my children (at home) on one occasion.
I’ve never forgotten this moment — even 38 years later. It was a moment that shaped.
Can you think of some "moments that shaped" your own life? Can you think of some moments that have made all the difference to you?