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7 Daily Exercises for Coaches

7 Daily Exercises for Coaches

What a blessing it was to spend the weekend with our brothers and sisters in Christ at Kansas FCA Fall Conference! We saw Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers, College Students, and Coaches all impacted by Christ during our two days at Rock Springs. For Melissa and myself, we are always blessed and encouraged by the fellowship time and the opportunity to worship and pray with coaches from all across the state. You guys and gals keep us motivated to keep doing what we do!

I shared with the coaches at Coaches camp on Saturday morning a devotional from the back of the FCA Coaches Bible. I thought it would be perfect for this morning as I wipe the sleep out of my eyes and try to recover from a crazy fast paced weekend!

“The Seven Daily Exercises for Coaches”

“Let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

  1. Pray – We would not let one day go by without discussing strategies, plays, tips for improvement, or game plans with our players and staff. We must adapt the same attitude toward our prayer life and not approach any decision, day, or activity without first seeking God.
  2. Read the Bible – Coaches expect players to be prepared for any situation that may confront them during the game. God expects the same of us. He wants us to read our “playbooks” daily so that we are equipped to play the game of life.
  3. Encourage someone daily – Let’s begin each day by searching for that one player, coach, coworker, of friend who needs encouragement. Extend a word of kindness, lend a listening ear, offer advice from God’s Word, or give testimony to the Lord’s faithfulness. We will receive a wonderful blessing in return.
  4. Step back and look at the Big Picture – In the busy world of coaching, particularly during intense preparation, we get caught up in trivial matters that cloud the “big picture.” We need to remember that the main reason we are on this earth is to glorify God and witness to others.
  5. Remember your influence – As coaches, we have the opportunity to influence our players in ways beyond the scope of our imaginations. We must focus daily on allowing our influence to have a lasting impact that is pleasing to God. We want our players to remember us not only as good coaches, but as good Christians.
  6. Reflect – We need to take at least five minutes at the end of each day to reflect, to focus on God’s goodness and blessings; to ask for forgiveness for sins committed and Christian acts omitted, and to renew our commitment to serve God.
  7. Praise God – We must never let a day go by without praising the One who allowed us to make it through another day. End every day by worshipping God and thanking Him for His goodness.

These seven exercises are a great reminder for all of us! I know I could do better at concentrating on some of my exercises.