Fall 2021 SS Magazine

OneCoach: Check Your Ego at the Door

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Coaches are there to teach you the game, call you out if need be, help you make proper adjustments, and train you in the proper way to play. No matter what level of sport you play, your coach is doing all this to get you ready to take your play to the next level.

How do they do this? Drawing from their own experience, they tell you what to do. They teach you how to get better according to your specific skill set. They train you by having you repeatedly practice what you need to. And they give you time to get in the game and put what you’ve practiced into play.

As followers of Christ, we go to God’s Word to know what to do. How does Scripture help us? It tells us how its truths can be trusted (Psalm 19:7-10). It teaches us how to live according to the gifts we’ve been given (Romans 12:2). It trains us to live a life for God and for others (Galatians 2:20). And God gives you the time to put what you’ve learned into play (Romans 10:13, 12:1).

Whether you are in a sport or learning from God’s Word, you need to check your ego at the door is you want to be teachable. Coach, will you allow God’s Word to build you into the person He wants you to be (2 Timothy 3:16-17)?

– Eddie Taubensee, Former MLB Catcher for 11 seasons, Director of Baseball Ministries for The Increase and hitting coach in the San Francisco Giants organization.

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