I love to watch sports movies, especially the underdog story. Two of my favorites are Necessary Roughness (1991) and Facing the Giants (2006). In each movie the team needs direction and wisdom to succeed. Their coach is the one who will help them see their potential and gifts and teach them how to use them fully.
Growing up in a house where your dad is a coach, means you learn first hand that your teammates are important to your growth, that it isn’t about you, and that the victory or loss is always better when you’re surrounded by the people who are as driven as you.
My sons ran cross country during junior high and high school. My heart still swells at the memories of cheering them on from the sidelines. While I know they looked for me and were encouraged by me, it was the words from their coach that made all the difference.
Scrolling through my Instagram feed today, I read posts from Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, and Christine Caine. Each woman speaking about their lives, sharing their experiences, and their love for Christ.
I was struck by how their words bolstered my spirit. God gifted each of them with different abilities and a particular ministry, but if you were to read their feeds, often you will see they are cheering each other on as well. It blessed my heart to witness this kind of love, so I decided to send a bit of encouragement back to Christine Caine.
Best Beloved, who are your coaches? Who are you coaching? Are you sitting in the bleachers and just watching or are you pacing the sidelines, hollering out reminders about the course that lies ahead? We need coaches, Dear Ones, we need them desperately. Send a letter, a text, call, visit, or PM someone who needs to know that they are not running the course alone.
“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne,” (Hebrews 12:1-2 HCSB, bold mine).
It’s time to lace up, put our foot in the block, and when the gun fires, start running. Let’s encourage those we run with and remember why we are here.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith,” (2 Timothy 4:7 HCSB).