September 15, 2017
by Paul J Banta
“Because of the LORD’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore, I will wait for Him.’ The LORD is good to those whose hope is in Him.” – Lamentations 3:22–25 (NLT)
Most coaches concentrate so much on their meticulously planned training sessions that the Lord exists only a little or not at all in their thinking during these times. They limit themselves to a quick team prayer before the game, asking for safety for both teams (mostly their own, but including the other side, so God thinks they’re covering the bases when they really could care less about the other team). The big one is asking God for a win.
My friend, if this is you, you’re limiting God and how He can use you as a Christian Coach. Although these prayers are okay if done from the heart, they certainly leave a lot undone, and this lack of real dependence on your part doesn’t cut it with Him. You become a prayer requester only before what you think is the most significant time (match time) when God can help you. But you often leave Him out of the rest of your soccer coaching efforts. If He’s not part of the other times when you impact your players, you need to rethink who you’re doing this coaching thing for and why. Ask yourself right now—“Is it for Thee or me?”
So, you want God more involved in your coaching? That’s great. Let’s get moving. You have to realize that He has an amazing plan for you to accomplish, and it’s beyond anything you could ever imagine or dream you could finish on your own. He wants you to see from His Word how He can help you fulfill His work in your life through your passion. As, you look at what He wants you to be more about, prayerfully and open-mindedly seek Him to impact you as He teaches and guides you.
What’s your next move?