Welcome to another round of Five Minute Friday! I’m so thrilled that you’re here!

If you’re new in these parts, we’re a community of online writers who gather around a single word prompt every week and free write for five minutes flat.

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Okay, who’s ready to write?

Our Five Minute Friday prompt for this week is:



Ready? GO.

I admit that I haven’t watched much of the Olympics (gasp!) … For one, we don’t have TV (gasp again!) — but also, I just know myself. If I started streaming Olympic events online, I would get sucked in entirely, and may not see the light of day until after the closing ceremony. And in this season of life, I just can’t afford that kind of hibernation.

It happened when I lived in Cape Town, South Africa, during the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. Until then, I’d never been much of a soccer fan. But oh my goodness. The vibe in the country during that time was inescapable. I became soccer crazy. I drew up handmade brackets and taped them to our kitchen wall. We even borrowed a TV so I didn’t miss a game. It was ridiculous.

Then came the ultimate identity crisis –if the U.S. played against South Africa, who would I support? I’d lived in Cape Town for eight years by that time, but I was still very much American.

I held an internal debate for a few days until the scale tipped in favor of South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.


South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup
South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup


I may not have been one of hers by birth, but South Africa had adopted me as one of her own.

However, I did come to another conclusion — no matter what team we support, whether in the Olympics, the World Cup, or our son’s T-ball game, there are really only two teams.

Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me” (Matthew 12:30).

There’s Team Jesus and Team Satan. We already know who wins in the end.

Where do you stand? Whose team do you belong to?



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17 thoughts on “five minute friday :: team

  1. […] This is hard stuff. I mean really hard stuff. Last year he almost broke his neck. And now the recruiters are putting the pressure on. And, I am a Mom, not much unlike the Mother of Moses who placed her baby in a river, called the Nile. And much like Pharoah’s daughter the recruiters come and draw him out of the water. And in some ways I am reminded of Daniel, who went in at the age of seventeen. The age my son will be when he graduates from high school in the spring. I’m not ready. I want more time, but time has moved on and this boy is about to become a man. When he made the team we had zero college plans, but yet three years later college is almost our only conversation. So, weeks ago I decided to dedicate this entire year to my only son. His team, The Oakland High School Patriots usually make it to the playoff s which mean we will be doing football in some shape and or fashion until the middle of December. five minute friday :: team […]

  2. Soccer? Uh, Kate, noooo. God’s Game is RUGBY. Soccer is a gentleman’s game played by hooligans, whilst rugby is a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen. Well, sort of, if you ignore the horse I rode up the Grand Staircase…and the footprints on the ceiling…and the motorcycle in the swimming pool…uh, never mind.

    Into the scrum! (And remember the bumper sticker…’Give Blood. Play Rugby’)

  3. Kate – love the direction you went with TEAM. This word stumped me until this morning as I shuffled to the coffee pot. Holy Spirit took me on another route – one I see in one of our own family dynamic and it breaks my heart. No spoilers here. Checking out the 31 day blog course. xo

  4. […] Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on team. Go. […]

  5. Kate, what a great post. Team Jesus! Whooohooo!

    We have watched some of the games, we have a trackster in the house so Bolt cannot be ignored, lol. It’s been very fun watching the lady’s gymnastics team, especially Simone Biles, but I def understand your suckinness. We haven’t gotten to bed at a decent time since they started.

    No TV? Good for you! People think we’re crazy because we don’t have any cable/etc. If we did, I’d be subject to the disease of suckinness and never get anything done, lol.

  6. Kate,
    Thanks for a great prompt! We often lose sight of which alliances are most important. Very grateful to be on the same team as wonderful you! ❤️
    (Linked at #65 this week)

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