I have to say that after five years of not playing Paintball
it is as much fun as I remembered. My
son’s David and Joshua (Steve couldn’t make it) joined me at Challenge Park for
a rousing day of Paintball. We wore our
Jerseys’, rented our markers, donned our masks and made our way to the first
field of battle. We weren’t sure how
many people would show up, but each game consisted of 20 against 20, and most
of the players were under 16. I’m not
sure that gave us an advantage.
Armageddon was the first ‘map’ (a gaming term for course) we
The signal was given and the
three of us headed down the field markers blazing.
By the time the 6 minutes was up, I was bent
over and panting.
Yes, I had eliminated
a few of my foes, but at a great physical cost.
We switched sides, engaged again, and when it was over I needed
Running, crouching, crawling, shooting, shouting, and
getting shot were all in a day’s fun.
After 12 games, 6 hours, and 2000 paintballs we were finished for the
day; and I mean finished.
in my body hurts.
I have a deep red welt
on my right thigh, and I have a slight headache from dehydration.
IT WAS AWESOME!
I learned two things from that day of Paintball:
1) I still love the game; and 2) I am out of
I have been doing more walking
lately and some calisthenics, but paintball uses different muscle and stamina;
of which I have neither.
around me didn’t seem bothered by the heat or the exertion; youth definitely
has its advantage.
But so does age.
My boys and I had experience, and when it
came to the game that won out over youth.
We were able to direct our team and get them to work together (as much
as they would let us).
followed our lead we did better, when they didn’t it didn’t work as well.
As an older Christian I have to say that I don’t have the
stamina that my younger brother and sisters in Christ possess.
They seem to get things done, their
enthusiasm is contagious, and the Love for the Lord compelling.
Sometimes it’s all I can do to keep up
I need them to push me a little
further, to remind me of why I love the game (my faith).
What I offer them is perspective, experience,
and a larger picture of life.
I know how
to play the long game.
Rushing the enemy
may be exhilarating, but patient persistence will win the day.
It may be another year before I get to play Paintball
I will probably be moving a
little slower (though I may just pick up the pace of my walks), and the participants
will seem even younger, but I hope I never lose the love for the game.
As a believer I know that God is at work in the long game,
and I pray that he will give me the stamina to finish well, welts and all. In
the end IT”S AWESOME!