“Down!” The coach screams to his player rounding third. He’ll need to slide into home to score the run. The coach sees what the player can’t as the player runs as fast as he can. He heeds the coach’s call and slides. Safe! The run scores and the crowd erupts.
Wouldn’t it be great if God gave out directions to us like that? Just before a big decision or in the midst of a problem, God could call, “do this“ or “choose that path“. It usually doesn’t happen this way, but our lives are more like a baseball game than we realize.
When a coach is calling directions, it’s because of his experience and ability to see the whole game. The player is wise to heed the call. But sometimes the player chooses to do his/her own thing or even ignore the coach’s direction. The results usually aren’t as successful or productive.
God, our ultimate Coach, sees all. Not just this game, problem or day, He knows everything about everything. Amazingly, He allows us to glimpse into His playbook via His Word. The Bible is chock full of wisdom if only we choose to seek and apply it to our lives. No, it doesn’t come audibly just as we’re rounding third, but it’s there.
Currently, I’m sliding a bit this summer too. I’m not playing baseball, but sliding in some of my wellness choices. A different summer schedule and upcoming commitments have shifted some of my priorities. Vacations, additions to the schedule and the relaxed nature of summer make sticking to healthy patterns more difficult.
I need to refocus on my wellness, just as we did with the Spring into Wellness Challenge. But with continued summer plans, I’ll need some direction. So, I’m listening to my Coach to gain insight from His Word. My emails lately have been chock full of wisdom nuggets from my daily Bible verses. They have literally spoken just the right word for each day. It’s like God’s voice to me as I round third. Snippets of wisdom like this are just the beginning, however.
Real direction from a coach comes with time and practice. Daily Bible reading and digging into a Bible study for extra direction is a great way to get in depth coaching. When we create a pattern of reading, listening and applying His Word to our daily lives, we begin to live what we learn. When He was tempted, Jesus replied to the devil:
“No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” ~Matthew 4:4 (NLT)
Our Coach, God, wants to give us direction. If we are wise, we’d heed His call. We live not by bread alone, but by every word that comes from God.
In His word, I find insight for right living and daily direction. When I renew my mind by digging into the Bible, I find new strength and perseverance to reset my priorities toward my own wellness.
Will God yell at me at just the right moment to make sure I do the right thing? Maybe not, but when I make connecting with Him a priority, those choices become ingrained in my thoughts and behaviors. So, as I head to the busiest part of summer yet, I’m trying to heed the call from my Coach for His wisdom and guidance.
Anything you might be sliding on lately? What are one or two ways you can you get back on track by listening to God? Feel free to comment here or share on Facebook or Twitter with me for some additional encouragement. Here’s to heeding the call from our Coach!
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