March 5, 2018

By Paul J Banta

Revelation 22:12 says, “Then the Angel told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.  Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy. Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.” – NIV

In the world of coaching soccer at any level, motivation is a significant factor in the ingredient to win. Teams have won matches with less physical ability than other higher-level sides, but with players more motivated to go all out giving 100%. There was nothing more upsetting to me than to know my players should have won the game, yet they were not putting all into the match when I knew they could have done so and didn’t give it their all after great preparation.

Why could this be extremely upsetting for us? When you train your players and your efforts and what you hope they’ll achieve, for the most part, you can’t control. You can only believe they’ll get it and apply during the match. You need to instill in your players that they always leave everything on the field (and on the practice field as well) and not just show up for the match. They need to know they are required by you to depend on each other for the rewards of playing a successful game and win it. The best motivation is always to play each game as if it were the last and this begins in the training session and by never looking ahead but only at the tasks at hand. Just as in the life we live out one day at a time for Christ. Coaches, we are not guaranteed another tomorrow and should not miss the potential reward of today competition. For all the hard work for a sound effort, the prize awaits. We can as coaches get caught up in living with an apathetic approach to life allowing what you do in the game seem just another dull day at the office, tedious training sessions, boring team talk, and lifeless players who you thought you would understand who you recruited them to be?

The truth in life is that our Father (Head Coach) is coming for us one day, and we are not always guaranteed our tomorrow. Another fact, as Scripture reveals, when the Lord comes back, He will be bringing rewards, those prizes. Will He be paying something to us for our efforts? As Christians, we have to be motivated to live life with urgency and not passivity. Today, set yourself apart and be more committed than ever to finish the game with all your strength and might. The coach who leads with the power provided by the Holy Spirit of God and Jesus finish the race strong. Are you the one who will stand out and the one who continues to do right for the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last and be the holy person who continues to be holy?

What’s your next move?