December 17, 2018

By Paul J. Banta

Romans 8:31-39 says, “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?  Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else?  Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own? No one—for God Himself has given us right standing with Himself.  Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?  (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”  No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.  And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – NLT

As coaches we know from personal experiences that soccer and the game of life are often uncertain.  Our players train and beat their bodies for the team or self and even loose matches after giving their all.  Players play the game hard get injuries and they’re out for days or weeks or maybe the season.   As coaches, we work so hard trying to recruit that special player and they chose not to be part of your program.  Your top player focused more on soccer, and their personal life style more than their academics, and they are suddenly on academic probation if you’re coaching at a school and can’t train or suit up for the season. Your players have family problem you knew nothing about.  And these types of stories go on and on.

It’s important as Christian Coaches to build your faith on a rock-solid foundation through your unshakable relationship with the Lord and the empowering of the Holy Spirit by reading the Bible, believing it and living out God’s Word.  The Bible will be your guide and source of information to move yourself and players ahead.  We must also be praying for the answers we need, waiting for God to speak to us, so we better serve Him. This happens because of your love for Him rather than out of obligations to the salary you’re getting or the respect from you’re winning from your school or community.

No one can be more loving, merciful, empowering or like your grace giving Heavenly Father.  He is the ultimate Creator who loves you despite your mistakes and weakness.  Nothing can make Him waver when it comes to using you for His purpose in your life and this game.   He is so passionate about this, and He reveals Himself to us through His unshakable Holy Words from the Bible.  The Lord has allowed us a glimpse of who He is and what His words are about.  This fantastic Book, if we feed on it daily, will continue to change your life and the lives of those we influencing and coaching.   Are you putting a particular time aside every day to breathe in His words, meditate on them, maybe even trying to memorize them, so your heart will be pierced, corrected, to passionately the way He designed for you?

What’s your next move?