God’s Word Is Perfect for Coaches
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. — 2 Timothy 3:16–17
Coaches have it tough. Let’s be honest. There’s a stigma that we are all ex-jocks and not very good classroom teachers. There are many stereotypes about coaches: “They are teachers who get all the breaks without really working hard in the classroom…They get to miss faculty meetings…They eat meals with their teams that are paid for by the school…They sit down all day and hand out worksheets to their students…They think winning ballgames is the most important thing in the world.” For some coaches, these stereotypes may be true, but I know many where that is not the case.
I believe a Christian coach has an awesome responsibility. We get to form and shape and mold the minds and bodies of our nation’s future—mentally, physically, and—most importantly—spiritually. The most incredible thing about that responsibility is that we have “God’s Game Plan,” the Bible, to lead us. If we truly try to understand it, study it, claim it, memorize it, meditate upon it, pray through it, and apply it to our lives and the lives of our athletes, God will be glorified. Lives will be changed and the negative stereotypes mentioned above will not be said about us.
1. Do you make an effort each day to hear, read, and study “God’s Game Plan”?
2. Do you believe that God’s Word is correct and true? If your answer is not a resounding yes, then Satan has a foothold on you and God cannot truly bless you or your ministry, as He wants to.
Extra Reading: Proverbs 30:5; Matthew 22:29; Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 4:12
God, please give me the desire and time each day to read Your Word. Help me to acquire Your wisdom. I pray that I will be excellent in all that I do because I am living by Your standards from Your holy Scriptures. Thank You, Father, for the “game plan” You have given us. Amen.