October 9, 2017

By Paul J Banta

“But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.  Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:10-13 (NLT)

One of the basic characteristics of Christian coaches is that they make efforts to be more of what Christ wants them to be. As a coach, everyone associated with you can see how you portray yourself as you live out how you speak and act out your coaching. How you live out your practice session and meeting transfer to your coaching your players in matches and how the spectators perceive your every move on the side lines.

Did you ever wonder how others perceive you? If you’re not too embarrassed, ask a few close friends, or a family member, and maybe a few of your trustworthy players. Tell them you want them to be straight up with you and no holding back. Be prepared for a wake-up call. In your words and actions and the attitude you have toward your players, you should not be juvenile, unstable, petty, or flippant, mean but rather very steady, maturing, thoughtful, competent, and easy to be with. One of the simplest ways to grow your grace is to focus on what God is going to be doing to assist you when you do your thing for Him. If you think He’s there next to you and living in your through the Holy Spirit, you’ll impact your layers and their match performance better and more consistently. Remember John 15:5, which says, “That if you remain in Christ, He’ll allow you to bear a lot of fruit.” That means you and others will be able to see the results of your coaching, and it will be very good.

Guess what? You’ve got a fighting chance, my friend. The smartest thing I ever did in my Christian walk was to let Christ in and let Him take over. Sure, we have to think out what we’re to do in training to prepare for matches and so much more but you’re not doing it alone. I have found over the years that it was impossible to do it by myself, and if I succumbed to the pressure, I sinned and failed very short of what God had planned for me and my players.

What’s your next move?