December can be a tough month for our FCA coaching staff in New York. Many factors can cause conflicts with our team practices, including bad weather and busy holiday schedules, and it can be hard to have a full coaching staff on hand during the hectic Christmas season.
On one particularly busy night, I found myself working alongside one of our newer coaches at a third-grade lacrosse practice. As we were light on coaching staff, and I was busy running another team’s huddle, I asked this coach on a whim if he would mind leading his own huddle that night. “Sure thing,” he had responded. “Anything you need.”
For a moment, I was astonished. I wasn’t expecting that kind of attitude. His simple, zero-hesitation response was both encouraging and inspirational to me in a huge way.
You see, this coach wasn’t always part of our team. As a parent, he had brought his kids to our FCA program three years ago and started developing friendships with our coaching staff. Over the years, his kids started talking to him about church and their growing relationship with the Lord. This opened up new questions in his heart and led him to attend church as well. Today, he’s a coach in our program who is committed to Jesus Christ and leads our team with integrity.
His willingness to step up to the plate under stress that night has strengthened my faith and reminds me that building relationships with both coaches and parents is impactful. Through small acts of discipleship, whether it’s answering questions, becoming a friend, or developing trust, the Lord can use us to reach the lives of others.
While we may not see the fruits of our ministry right away, remember that God is still at work. As we continue to mentor and build up our coaches, be encouraged that the transformative power of Jesus Christ is always at work through our interactions with others.
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.