“May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you.” -- Psalms 25:21
Having been in this coaching profession for ten years now, you come across all sorts of coaches with different types of beliefs. Some say that they are Christians, but from an outside view, their words and actions are speaking a different story. I’ve heard some say, “I leave religion and beliefs on the sideline or in the stands while I’m coaching the game.”
But coaching is a mission field that Christ has presented us with. Not only do coaches have the opportunity to witness and be role models to their players, but to the fellow coaches on the staff, to the families, to the boosters, to the school personnel and to the fans, they have a platform to uphold. There are such a vast amount of people that can be reached based off the actions and words of one coach--based off that coach’s character. So, it is so important to live a life of virtue and outstanding character as we represent a platform that many can see.
I once heard the phrase, “The truth of your character is expressed through the choice of your actions.” This rings true to all people, including coaches. People are always watching–which presents the opportunity for an ever-evolving mission field.
As coaches, we need to feel empowered to lead and show others Christ through our actions, coaching and character. With Christ, we are everything. Give Him the glory and recognition today!
- Our actions speak loudly. What do yours say?
- What do you want them to say?
- Can others see Christ through your character?
2 Peter 1:4; Ephesians 4:1-3
“Lord, I pray that You will use coaches to influence Your people. I pray that You will remind them that their actions and words are strong and are able to touch many lives. I pray that You will help to develop coaches as people of strong character so that they can grow in You and can help others grow in You, too. Amen.”