When you coach in the FCA program, you not only get to coach great athletes, but you oftentimes receive great coaching from the coaches you serve alongside. This past week, I found myself working alongside another coach (a good friend of mine) through a challenging situation. None of my ideas or suggestions were making sense to him while we tried to work out the problem, and I was frustrated that I couldn’t find a good solution that would fit well. I became increasingly distracted by the conflict and was irritated by what I could not control.
Finally, I received an email from the coach that woke me up to the greater issue. He simply wrote that I was too fixated on the problem and that I needed to trust God to work it out. As I slowly read over his words, I sensed that his reminder was a direct teaching from the Lord. I realized that when I worry or fear about the future, I take my eyes off of God and onto myself.
“…And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT)
I am so thankful for this passage of scripture, as it allows me to cast all distractions and focus on God. What a solution! The greatest thing that we can do is to fix our eyes on the Lord and trust in his perfect plan. I am blessed to be surrounded by other coaches who remind me to keep my eyes focused on Christ instead of the problems that can easily distract me. Although we may not see his work being done, we can be confident in His sovereignty and power to change our lives for the better.
May we continue to spread this encouragement to those that we coach: to lay down our distractions and keep our eyes fixed upon the Lord!
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
More information can be found at FCA.org.