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Gateway coach: Family, hoops and Jesus

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By Jerryme Ledesma
Special to RDR Sports

Sitting and reflecting on the past year I can see why many people are saying there is not much to be thankful for this year, but for me that is not the case. My joy and peace come from the Lord and that gives me a different perspective on everything.

No, everything is not ideal, but it is through adversity that strong character is built. I am extremely thankful for the beautiful family the Lord has blessed me with.

We have all had to make modifications to our daily schedules and routines at work, at school, and in the gym or practice field. Early on Emilie and I decided to take advantage of the current circumstances and enjoy the blessing of being able to spend more time together as a family, time we most likely would not have in a normal year.

Our children have also made the best of “online” school, they have been working really hard to stay on top of and ahead of their work and have all been doing really well this year. They continue to stress that they cannot wait to return to “regular” school and are able to get back into the classroom with their friends and teachers.

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We as a family have decided that we are going to put forth our best effort so that we can glorify our Heavenly Father in everything we do, especially during the times when our plans are being changed by something we cannot control.

As far as basketball, I am thankful to be able to coach a sport I love. Everyone of course would rather be back to normal and having full practice and preparing for upcoming games. Much like my own children, my boys have made the best out of the hand they were dealt. Yes, it has been disappointing for them at times, but they have not allowed that disappointment to rob their joy.

When we have been allowed to practice, they have shown up and worked hard to get better — this is a testament to the men they are growing into. I am so thankful to be a part of the tight-knit family that we have at Gateway (Christian School). It is definitely a blessing to know that by breaking the boys up into different pods, they will have a godly man leading them, whether it’s Coach Wigley, Coach Stephens, Coach Reeves, Coach Buck or Coach Guillen.

I know our boys are not only going to be coached by men who will push and challenge them athletically but will help them mature, offer godly advice and counsel, and genuinely love them, and want to see them grow into strong godly men.

Jerryme Ledesma, left, with his four children. (Submitted Photo)

I am thankful to have these men in my life as well, to speak life into me and our situation, and knowing that they are sold out for our boys just as much as I am. We are all continuing to pray that our kids will get to enjoy sports this school year.

What I am the most thankful for is without a doubt my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is because of my personal relationship with Him that I am able to see the tremendous amount of good that has come out of this past year.

The greatest benefit of my cleared schedule is having more opportunities to spend intimate time with the Lord. I am using this time to get to know God better; to pray more for my family, my church family at Church On The Move and Gateway; and for our city, state and nation; and to study the word with my wife.

I am thankful for the growth I have seen in my own children on their walk with God, hearing them speak about how God encourages them is pure joy and I see the fruit in everything they do. Jesus saved me when I was lost and seeing my children on His path, being able to share the love of Christ with the boys on the hardwood, and being able to spread the Good News to the lost is a privilege that I cannot be thankful enough for.

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