I’ve been blessed throughout my life to have learned from some wonderful coaches. Each of them had their own style, their own personality, but each of them were teachers at heart. Some, like Cecil Morris, had excelled at the highest level in their sport. Others never got their names in the record books, but they sure left their mark on my life.
What was it about the coaches that helped me the most? There are two things that immediately come to mind. First, they were amazing teachers. Whether it was in the film room or on the field, they were always teaching me, always pushing me to improve. Secondly, they paid an inordinate amount of attention to details. They taught me that it’s the little things that matter the most. Little things done right will result in big things taking place. Coaches shaped me, inspired me, challenged me, and gave me a perspective on life that has far out-lived my days on the field.
Playing sports ended for me when I was barely in my twenties, but life kept coming at me like a tidal wave. Getting married, having kids, finishing school, going to work, paying bills, working with people, dealing with the deaths of loved ones…now those are challenges that make facing the Green Bay Packers look like a piece of cake.
Life isn’t for sissies! The road gets rough. The days can be long. We have big decisions to make. We have some huge challenges before us. We have experienced heartache and heartache will come knocking again. We’ve been letdown, disappointed, both in ourselves and in those around us. How do you make it through all of these challenges and maintain your sanity?
You need to know that we aren’t alone. I’m so glad we’ve got a Coach, the Holy Spirit, who comes alongside of us to teach us, remind us, encourage us, challenge us, and push us to give it our all each and every day. His counsel is perfect. His wisdom is infinite. His ability to teach is limited only by our willingness to learn. He will lead you and me through this life and be with us until the very end.