Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

OneCoach: Strength In God

“The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes and will not be silent…” Psalm 50:1-2 (ESV)

Of everything I ever had a coach say to me, this is by far the one I have kept closest to my heart as a player, and again as a coach: “Don’t worry when I am talking to or yelling at you. You should be more concerned when neither of those two is happening.”

It may seem harsh, but the bottom line is this: if a coach is talking to you or yelling at you, they are doing so because they care and want more from you, even if what they are saying is negative. When they are not doing either, it’s because they don’t care any more about you or don’t expect any more from you.

I think God works in a similar way. His love is not conditional. So when He is yelling at you—figuratively speaking—He must be trying to get your attention. He has a purpose. We should never be fearful or hurt, or feel unloved by God. I know for certain I would rather have God yelling at me than not saying anything at all.

As you walk through your day, if you hear God, listen and be confident, even if He is “ripping into you,” He does it because He loves and wants more for you.

— Ryan DiNunzio

OneCoach, part of the Sports Spectrum Network, is an international community of coaches and spouses who have been uniquely gifted and called by God. Visit OneCoach.org for more stories and videos.

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