Life as a coach can be one of the most rewarding things you can do as a human being because of the powerful influence a coach has in the life of an athlete. That influence can be used for good or can be used to cause great harm. A coach has the ability to help steer the course of an athlete’s life either for good or for bad. The influence of a coach can alter an athlete’s destiny, a reality not to be taken lightly.
I believe the position of a coach is uniquely designed by God to give life to the athletes that He has ordained for us to coach. The responsibility we have been given by God Himself should cause us to evaluate how we look at coaching. It’s really not about the X’s and O’s; it’s about the men and women we coach. The calling of a coach is more than the sports we coach, though they are important. It’s about the lives that Jesus has called us to pour into. It’s exciting to know that our God made you and equipped you for this season of coaching. He formed you in your mother’s womb and knew what in sports, city, state and country you would be coaching. It’s time that we awaken from our slumber and recognize that the enemy is seeking whom he may devour. It’s his plan to keep us from waking up to the reality of how a God-fearing coach can change the course of coaching around the world. What if this sleeping giant awakens and chooses to follow the plan that Jesus has for us as coaches? Imagine how the world of coaching will look years from now! Coaching is not just something we do, it’s a calling from God.
– Coach Joe Nu’u is a linebackers coach at Valor Christian High School. He is a speaker and author of the book, “Invisible Lines.”