May 22, 2017

by Paul J Banta

Jeremiah 29:13-14, say, “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree— “bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.” (MSG)

I believe the Lord wants to reveal to us what makes us tick—why we think, say what say and do what we do. He also wants to show us how to project ourselves in a manner that honors Him. Honoring God is important for growing your faith. Coaches are not perfect, but we can’t keep on doing the things that grieve and dishonor the Lord. We need to get our act together biblically so we can understand the type of person we’re to be. We’re to make an effort to know more about our players, as well. Getting to know God’s family and how you can best serve is honoring to God.

I have a friend who is a good solid coach. He reminds me of myself during my younger days in coaching—he is very intense, thinking that this is the way to coach. Such intensity in me scared my players from playing better, and it is doing the same thing for his. However, this friend came to me one morning after a men’s Bible study and mentioned that he was meeting with his players to get to know them one on one and to start having relationships with them. He was hoping he would be more sensitive to them when coaching them in training, getting to know them better. I think he’s on the right track.

We also need to get to know Jesus more and have a deeper daily personal relationship with Him as a Friend. I feel honored when a young guy asks me to mentor him, and God loves it when we want to seek Him more to serve Him more. In John chapter 15 Jesus told His disciples that if they remain in Him watch out. He said it eleven times. Do you think He meant it?  We do this daily (not monthly) by reading about Him, praying and speaking to Him, spending time with Him and other Christians who can hold us accountable (if we are gutsy enough to pour ourselves out to them), and so on.

What’s your next move?