I love to watch coaches. When most people watch sports they watch the athletes to see how they perform and that is true of me too. However, as a student of sports there are many times when I find myself watching the coaches. The fact of the matter is that teams take on the personality of their coaches. One of the main reasons that I don’t like the 49ers is because I don’t like Jim Harbaugh and you can see him reflected in the attitude of his players. Jim is known to fly off the handle and you end up seeing displays like this one.
Teams reflect their coach. This can either scare the crap out of you or inspire you! People are watching you and the people you are leading right now will pick up traits from you, for better or for worse.
See the role of a coach is to set other people up for success. If you are a football coach, you do everything in your power to build a solid game-plan and set your team up to chalk up another W. Ultimately if you can prepare your team enough this leads to trophies, better, pay, etc. There was a time when every coach was the player and they decided the outcome of the game but now it all comes down to how well the team executes.
Our role in student ministry is very much the same. Student ministries will reflect the personality of their leader. The tension we face as student leaders is that our “playing days” are over, so to speak. I will assume that if you are a pastor or leader then you are saved. With that said, your job now is to lead a student to the point of accepting Christ and praying that that student makes Christ Lord of their life. You can script out the perfect “game-plan” but it is up to our students to execute it.
As I was reading my Bible today, I saw this play out at the end of King David’s life.
So take this seriously. The Lord has chosen you to build a Temple as his sanctuary. Be strong, and do the work. – 1 Chronicles 28:10 (NLT)
Then King David turned to the entire assembly and said, “My son Solomon, whom God has clearly chosen as the next king of Israel, is still young and inexperienced. The work ahead of him is enormous, for the Temple he will build is not for mere mortals—it is for the Lord God himself! Using every resource at my command, I have gathered as much as I could for building the Temple of my God. Now there is enough gold, silver, bronze, iron, and wood, as well as great quantities of onyx, other precious stones, costly jewels, and all kinds of fine stone and marble. – 1 Chronicles 29:1-2 (NLT)
See David wanted desperately to build the temple but God wouldn’t let him. David could have taken one of two roads here. David could have sat around and moped for the rest of his days but rather he decided to set Solomon up for success. King David realized all that it would take to complete the temple and he set up the best possible “game-plan” to help Solomon succeed as the new King. David’s “playing days” were over but he saw the potential in Solomon and did all he could do to help him win. David recognized Solomon’s faults and helped transition him into prominence as Israel’s new king.
We need to take action to set those around us up to succeed. Who are you investing in and who are you setting up resources for? Everyone reading this post (parents, students, youth pastors, etc.) has the opportunity and ability to coach someone up so what are you doing to invest in the future?