By: Cassie Mackell, Circles are better than Rows
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
No matter what God has called us to do, everything that we do should ultimately lead others closer to Him. That is something that my parents emphasized to me growing up. Now that I am in the “real world,” it rings truer each and every day.
What am I doing to bring others closer to God? As a coach, am I checking my own desires at the door and allowing the Holy Spirit to work? As a fellow sister in Christ, let me share some things my husband and I try to do to make sure we are being obedient. Are we perfect? Absolutely not. But hopefully this will encourage you with what you are personally going through right now.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6
This is something we are trying to make a habit of doing. We pray before practices and matches with our teams. Yes, of course we pray that we play well, but for us it is important to recognize that God gives us the talents we have and that we ultimately use them for His glory. At night my husband and I pray that God uses us in our coaching to bring others closer to Him. We pray that he gives us the wisdom to guide our teams in the way that He sees fit. We pray that while we are super competitive, that He continually shows us the bigger picture in life. Not our will, but His be done.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1Thessalonians 5:11
Everyone has their struggles, their insecurities. As a coach and colleague, what can I do to encourage those around me? It is so easy to get caught up in the negative things around us. Sometimes it is easier to be negative than positive. Maybe a note of encouragement to a friend is something that needs to be a part of my routine. Have I asked Him to place someone on my heart that might need encouragement this week? More importantly, am I acting on the Holy Spirit’s prompting?
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Circles are better than rows. That is something my church has been pushing this past year. We are not made to do life alone. Yes, going to church on Sundays is all well and good, but we need something more. We need to be connected to other fellow believers. That is how we grow in our faith and relationship with God. As a coach, it is easy to get caught up in everything coaching. Whether it would be practices, game day or recruiting, there is always something to do. My husband has really taken the charge of this portion of our lives. He makes the extra effort to get connected. We need to be feeding ourselves spiritually. If you are not connected, you need to get in a group with other believers. Whether it would be FCA or a group Bible Study, we need to be connecting with other Christians. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, but I challenge you to make the time to connect. Circles are better than rows.