Recently, I’ve taken some time to receive some much-needed coaching. Like many Americans, I’ve been away from my office more than I’ve been in over the last three months, but I’m grateful for the various coaches God has placed in my life who weighed in on decisions I've needed to make during the last several weeks. Some have helped me focus on healthy relationships, others have walked me through growth challenges we’re facing at church, while others have prompted me to dream big dreams.
What about you—do you have people who help you as you navigate through the thousands of decisions you’re required to make each and every week? All of us, no matter our age, academic status, or professional accomplishments, need coaching. Here are a few of the many benefits of having a coach:
- A coach will help you clarify what is most important. Vince Lombardi, the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers, spent the first day of preseason training reintroducing professional football players to the fundamentals of the sport. Standing in front of his players, holding a ball, his first speech of every season began with, “Gentlemen, this is a football”. If your day is anything like mine, you experience thousands of potential distractions that seem to want nothing more than to crowd out what is most important. A coach can help you determine priorities as you learn to ignore the din of the unnecessary.
- A coach will see what you can’t see. Familiarity blinds us. A coach can be your objective observer, allowing you to figure out how to address challenges you’ve been ignoring.
- A coach will hold you accountable. Our character has a lot to do with our ability to make and keep promises. A coach will ask the tough questions to help you stay on track with your goals.
- A coach will encourage you. A coach will celebrate victories, big and small. Since they’re helping you establish priorities, looking for hidden potholes, and turning you into a promise keeper, there will be a lot of life change to celebrate! I’m not sure who said it first, but we duplicate what we celebrate. Find a coach who knows how to party!
Let me be the first to admit: all this sounds pretty corporate America, but you don’t have to have corner-office aspirations to reap the benefits of finding a good coach. In fact, I believe seeking out coaching is a biblical concept. We call it something a little different around church, though. We call it discipleship.
As I look through God’s Word, I’ve found people who discovered God’s purpose for their life because they had a coach (disciple-maker) pointing them in the right direction. Read through 1 and 2 Timothy for a front-row seat as Paul coached Timothy. Read Acts 15 to learn how Barnabas (next to Jesus, perhaps the most encouraging coach in the Bible) coached John Mark, even though Mark abandoned his coach in the past.
Where’s the best place for you to find a Godly coach? Connect with a group of friends in a small group Bible study—your Bible study coach will help partner you with an accountability partner that will journey with you as you discover God’s plan for your life.
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