March 26, 2018

By Paul J Banta

1 John 3:13-21 say, “Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.  We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.  Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.  If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?  Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence:  If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.  Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.” – NIV

Are you living on the path God has set course for you?  I know from personal experience that if I planned to do things my way, often the plans are reduced to rubble because I left the Lord out. My players were not challenged enough by me spiritually and never got the gains mentally and emotionally for what they deserved. They got a hard-working coach who loved them, but they didn’t know Jesus loved them more than me. I didn’t rely enough on the Lord and didn’t make myself available to Him to impacting my players Spiritually. If you’re not sure, believe what God says throughout His Bible about His great love and His meaning for you. It’s all there for you to read and discover, but you’ve got to pick the book up and read it with intensity.

James 3:17-18 says, “Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoys its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.” – The Message Are you letting the Scriptures test the path you’re to walk and teach you how God wants you to serve Him? You should be getting pointers on what God’s trying to say through the Scriptures? Which direction are you attacking and at what pace are you running to score those goals for Christ?

Remember that His divine power has given you everything you need for coaching. All that you should say (what comes out of your mouth) and do (your actions) when serving (coaching) can be found from His Word, and the Lord doesn’t mind you paraphrasing His words in your training sessions. I do it all the time for I see it penetrate the hearts of those hearing it. If you’re not daily reading the Bible, you need to start cultivating this good habit. We eat every day to sustain ourselves one day to the next. We need to be devouring His very words to supporting ourselves to coach better, to change our thinking, and to change our players’ games and the direction of their lives. Get on with the task of absorbing the Bible daily because it’s one of the better coaching books on the market! You must make a commitment, my friend, and the sooner, the better. God changes direction, purpose, and passion, as He has for hundreds of other coaches.

What’s your next move?