February 18, 2019

By Paul Banta

2 Timothy 4:6-8 says, “As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.  And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of His return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to His appearing.” – NLT

Revelation 22:12 says, “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.” – N:LT

Romans 12:1 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, I (Paul) plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.” – NLT

When Coaching soccer at any level, motivation is a significant factor in the ingredient to win. Teams have won matches with less ability than their opponents but with the right motivation getting players to go all-out giving 100%. There is nothing more upsetting than knowing your team could have won a game, yet you were not adequately motivated. Had you trained them and advised them better, the final score could have been different. As a coach, this can be upsetting?  You can’t control your player’s efforts and for that matter maybe your self during a hotly contested game.  I think as coaches we can get carried away believe that our players should have performed better. Realistically we need to look at how we prepared them and how we motivate them.

Coaches need to learn to prepare your players always to give it all (on the practice field as well) and not just show up for a match happy to be there attitude only.  All this starts with good players doing great things in their training sessions so to prepare them for the match. The best motivation is always to play each match as if it were the last. Just as in life we live for doing the best we can each day, your soccer players are not guaranteed another match, but for the one, they are facing.

The truth in life is that our Father (The Head Coach) is coming for us one day, and we are not guaranteed our tomorrow. Another fact, as Scripture reveals, is that when He comes, He will be giving rewards because you’re serving Him well. When you play the game well and win you get a reward, the win, and this is what your players want, and this is why they are to be motivated to perform a high level. Today set yourself apart and be more committed than ever to finish the game of life with all your all your strength and might. Motivate your players to be who God designed them to be.  Ready to start the race again?

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