I have been called many names and been accused of many things over the years as a coach. When you sign up to coach, you know that you will be questioned, criticized, and at times unappreciated. This is all part of the opportunity and responsibility of being in what I believe is the most influential position in society today – a coach.
When I coach my last game, one thing I do not anticipate being accused of, is someone suggesting that I was not competitive. I love to compete, in all things. I enjoy even making things that are not designed to be a competition, into one! I love to be challenged!
Recently as I read Titus I felt God really challenge me in a clear way.
Paul wrote to Titus 2:6-8
“Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”
This is an incredible reminder and challenge. I have never set foot on a field to compete as an athlete or coach where I did not want to win the game. I am thankful that Paul so clearly spelled out that challenge of an even more difficult test and meaningful victory, to not just outscore the opponent, but to coach in a way and manner where all players and coaches who are part of the game “have nothing bad to say”.
Would you pray for all coaches who represent FCA? That we would have integrity and sound speech as we pursue victory and accept a more meaningful challenge?
My prayer is that this challenge from Paul will overshadow the less meaningful goals that may compete for my attention and focus. May God give us victory in the things that are most important, as we represent him in all things. I do not expect that I will be undefeated and perfect in my pursuit of answering the challenge, but I do commit to compete with the same level of passion I do in everything in life that I view as competition.
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.