Thursday, January 31, 2008

Is it harder to control you actions or re-actions?

As a coach is it harder to control you actions or reactions? I remember coaching a baseball game at a prominent baseball complex in the East Cobb area of Atlanta several years ago in a game that became very much out of control. I was the assistant coach coaching first base with our head coach on third base. Our head coach had been giving the umpires grief all night and was out of line. As the game was coming to an end, the base umpire missed a call at first base because he was out of position, I made a comment and without any warning he tossed me from the park. I was later told that he was tired of being "worked" so no grace was issued, he had gotten me mixed up with our head coach. I was stunned and embarrassed all at the same time. I later went and apologized to both the umpire, our ball team and fans. When I entered the park that evening we had a game plan and it was so much easier to control the game plan than to control what happened that evening that we did not have planned. God teaches us in His word to control our tongue and teaches that it can be such a harm to our witness. I believe Coaches especially fight this as they are put into the heat of battle. Do not be caught up in the theory that competition covers what we say and how we act.

This leads me to my next question: Are you a Christian Coach or a Coach who is a Christian? This question can be asked of any profession or any hat you wear in life. Is there a difference, and if so what is it?

Don't ever forget people are watching you, even when you do not realize it. It CAN make an eternal difference. If your life has been changed because you noticed someone was different and they shared their life changing story with you, please share by commenting. Continue coaching the heart of your athletes as well as their bodies and mind.

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