May 29, 2017

by Paul J Banta

Zechariah 4:6 says, “Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” (NLT)

What in heaven’s name are you holding on to and trying to control? It’s not worth it!  Some coaches like to hold on to manipulation, controlling players, deception, personal pride, and dislikes, and they like to succeed to win matches. How about giving the players more chances to determine their success by letting them take control with your help? It’s the responsibility of the coach to teach the game and impart leadership to his players. One of your great acts as a Christian coach is to surrender totally to the Lord and let Him have more control of your training sessions and your coaching of matches. He also wants you to make disciples who can use their brains and grow their relationship with Christ. A good coach helps create thinking players who help control the outcome of matches. If you’re His and want to serve Him with complete faith and passion, you need to figure out the way to give up controlling your players. If you do this, you’ll be that person God can work through by your commitment to Him. He wants you to teach the game, trusting Him to turn the wheels of your team to play better.

Our lives are tied to cause-and-effect relationships with our players. We coach because that’s our role, and we try to affect our players’ lives while we’re working to win games. The big questions we face are these: Are we personally willing to be changed? And are we making necessary changes? Changes only take place in your players if you’re ready to change. Most people need to change something, but it never happens unless they recognize the necessity to change. Are we willing to do a metamorphosis, saying, “Do I need to put my thinking, my attitude, and my actions in line to honor God and not satisfy? My needs or my players’ needs before Him?” Of course, the answer is yes.

Committing to understanding why you need to change and then actually making the change for Christ will make all the difference in your life. There’s no other way, my friend. I’ve heard coaches say, “My way or the highway.” I’m sorry to tell you, but biblically it’s God’s way or the highway for you. That’s drastic, but it is entirely correct. And, by the way, it is eventually for your benefit and for that of those you empower.

What’s your next move?