So many times, those with a desire for perfection (which is where Jackson can lean :-) begin seeing activities and academics as a competition to prove their worth. Jackson has never been like that. In fact, in the moments that he is at his best, he is a fantastic encourager. Just this weekend, at the Portage Invitational, Jackson was at his best. In a chaotic environment, with matches being played here, there, and everywhere, Jackson was a great encourager and coach - in between doing Chemistry or Physics homework :-)
In all the things that Jackson undertakes, Jackson is a worker. He is diligent about finishing the task. It has been good to watch him bear down through the years and work. I remember last year at Concord, as we tried to upset their powerful #2 doubles team. Jackson was so energetic and determined to return the tall players powerful serve and make the comeback. He has also worked in lessons, and even as I drive him home after matches, he often wants to know how I thought it went and where we or he could improve.
And this weekend I realized, Jackson does make a good coach, because he is so analytical. I pray that this desire to figure things out and improvement takes hold in his faith as well. Followers of Jesus need problem analyzers among them, to push them forward and find solutions. This is my hope for Jackson.
2 Peter 1:5-8
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.