June 29, 2107

By Paul J Banta

I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little for I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.  Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.” – Philippians 4:12-14 (NLT)

These were very powerful words from the Apostle Paul when he sent a special a letter to those Christian living in a place call Philippi. They will impact the direction God intends for your coaching. And that’s one of the reasons why we have to words preserved for us in this game of soccer. They have made a great impact on many lives, and they have directed the paths of so many in this game of soccer as they serve their Lord through the passion of the game and the passion of the promises of the cross. I know for sure God has given to me to serve others, and all I do is by strength coming for Christ. If you believe these words and use these verses to help you serve, you’ll be a winner and will develop your faith, not only for yourself but also for your players.

When you coach, putting your efforts into training sessions that are built on pleasing God while using your trusting faith, the outcome of the match results will be a success for you, your players and God. If you do this, I believe you’ll produce players who are winners not in just their playing, but in the direction, they head with their lives and the influence they’ll have on many others. You may not win on the scoreboard all the time, but you will impact your players positively and that a huge part of winning.  They will see that the efforts of your coaching will have constant values in their lives and many of them will tell you. That’s always an encouragement. You and God together will be producing big-time winners.

On a side note, if you’ll do this, I honestly believe you’ll win a lot more games than you have in the past. Why? I’ve got faith and believe in Biblical promise and God’s person words. You even get better at your professional ability to coach better. I’ve been praying that those coaches who read these daily devotions, so they might decide to take a different direction with Christ in their coaching. I believe you will see miracles and changes happen as you serve the Lord through this game.

What’s your next move?