Coach

Published March 26, 2014 by Dawn

I made a bunch of fifth-grade girls cry last night and it was absolutely on purpose.

My daughter is a volleyball player, through and through. I’ve never seen her more in her element than when she’s on that court (unless we’re counting the arguments she conjures up … she was totally born to be a lawyer). The girl’s got some mad game. The problem is, she and her teammates don’t push themselves to play well. They have settled right at the edge of “good enough” and have thus far refused to move. Lucky for them, I was asked to help with practice last night, and I decided to show them their own abilities …

Ten minutes into practice, two of the ten were in tears. One appeared to have hurt herself running a drill. The other was sick of running suicides. The simple rule of the night was this: you hit something. You either hit the ball, or you hit the floor trying. My goal was to get them moving. They tend to think that the ball has to come into their bubble and asked to be hit before anyone makes a move. Very few of them move to get the ball, and several of them have nice, clean knee pads that met the floor for the first time yesterday. We’ve been playing for over a year …

By the end of the night, most of them had cried, several went home sore, and one went home limping. It wasn’t my intention that anyone get hurt, but I definitely meant for them to push themselves. And you know what? All of them went home feeling victorious because for the first time in practice, they felt they had improved immensely in one night. And they had. By the end of the night, they looked great! Everyone’s knee pads were dirty, everyone was sweating, and everyone was smiling because they saw something in their game they had never seen before. They saw untapped potential become a fighting chance!

It occurred to me that this is the purpose of trials in our lives: So we can see ourselves living up to all the potential God placed inside of us. He wants us to press in, to not give up, to keep fighting until we have grown into Christ’s likeness. He knows what we are capable of, and He wants to see us living in it! So we are “afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed … (2 Cor. 4:8)” And His Spirit is in us, empowering us, strengthening us, giving us wisdom and discernment. Like an internal coach, the Spirit of God is living on the inside showing us how to live above where we’d settle on our own. He fills us with determination when we’d rather quit, and allows us to be victorious in Him.

Our lives will always demand more than we feel capable of. We must choose to either meet it head on or run away. If we face it, we do so with God strengthening us and fighting for us. We are guaranteed to win! If we run, we automatically lose. How might our Coach be preparing you?

 

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