2 months ago I started writing a weekly devotional for this blog, and then after a few weeks I abruptly stopped. I’m hoping to pick this routine up again, although I can’t promise anything. Now that I’m in the off season I should have some more “free” time to write.
On Wednesday mornings I participate in what we call Wednesday Worship. We gather at 6:00 am with a cup of coffee in our hands to study the Bible and to pray. This time is a blessing during the week for me. This morning we were in Colossians 3.
Here is some of what we read.
Colossians 3:12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”
As coaches working with young people we are to take these virtues with us and live them out as we interact with players, coaches, referees, and parents. Our identity comes from being holy and beloved children of God. Out of this relationship we are to know and practice compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Colossians 3:14 “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
While this statement is not unique to me, I will continue to share that our number one job as coaches is to love our players. We need to “put on love” every day. If we are able to “put on love” all of the other virtues from Colossians 3:14 (and others) have opportunity to shine.
Colossians 3:20-21 “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not embitter your children or they will become discouraged.”
As I read this I changed the words to allow them to emulate the relationship between athletes and coaches.
It would then read something like this … “Athletes,obey your coaches in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Coaches, do not embitter (provoke) your athletes or they will become discouraged.”
Just like in the relationship between parents and children, I believe the greatest responsibility here relies on the coaches to live lives worthy of respect and being obeyed. Young people see right through phony, and won’t obey (nor should they) or follow people they don’t deem worthy of their respect or obedience. So, coaches let’s live, act, and talk in such a way that our athletes will respect us and want to follow our lead. Perhaps, even seeing us as mentors and role models in their lives. Let’s make sure we encourage, support, and love the athletes entrusted to our care.