Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

OneCoach: Results are Under God's Authority, Not Ours

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

(Proverbs 16:9)

Every young player has a vision for what their career will become. There are some things they can choose for themselves, such as a specific position on the field or which travel team to play for. If they really want to, they can choose the high school or college that best fits them.

But when a player enters the professional level, all of that changes. They no longer have control over the team they play for, or what position best fits them. Even when they get into the minor leagues, they can have all the plans they want on how to make it to the big leagues, but it’s the team’s decision to move up in the organization or not. The player goes out and gives it all he can on the field and leaves his future in the hands of the club.

Proverbs 16:9 shows us that it’s the same for the follower of Christ. This verse emphasizes that though man proposes plans, God is the one who disposes. The results are under God’s authority, not ours. Proverbs 16:3 tells us, “Commit your ways to the Lord and your plans will be established.” This word “commit” means to trust or roll.

Coaches and Spouses, will you roll your ways over to God to let Him direct your steps?

– 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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