Despite my aversion to organized sports, I decided to help coach my sons hardball team this year. I must clarify, I think organized sports are an awesome idea for kids. I’m just not a fan of the “Jekyll & Hyde” syndrome seen in the spectators/parents. (Jekyll & Hyde syndrome is referring to where a person seems to have a good/evil side- the good side is what they try to show in their everyday life, but the evil is veiled until it rears its ugly head).
We all want our children to be superstars. We all want our children to be the best, hit the home runs, make that incredible play, pitch a no hitter, and be first one on the batting list. Wanting our children to excel is healthy. But, when coaches don’t coach the way the parents think they should, well…..a different personality comes out in those Jekyll & Hyde parents.
Coaches have the incredible privilege of helping the team hone their skills, work together, encourage them to be the best they can, and walk alongside the players when they are struggling. We try to be unbiased, fair, encouraging, and optimistic for all. That isn’t how some spectators feel things should be done though. Only the coaches know what goes on in the dugout, the emotions kids show, comments said, and the morale of the team. It makes sense, at least to me, that coaches would have a better grasp on how to direct the team.
I learned that some parents did not agree with coaching or players’ decisions, and were quite vocal, particularly if the team was not winning. Normally, the parents were quite supportive and willing to offer encouragement as well, but when the chips were down, that ‘encouragement’ certainly took a negative tone, sometimes getting personal. The Jekyll & Hyde moments. Thankfully, the kids were wonderful and did their best to focus and ignore hurtful comments disguised as being helpful.
This new coaching experience has given me a great perspective on how God is our ultimate coach. He doesn’t play favourites. He loves all His children equally. He encourages, He provides, He consoles, He helps hone our skills, He helps us work as a team, all while disregarding what others think. He has a purpose. He has a master plan. And He uses each of us only how He knows best.
God, just like coaches, are looking for passionate individuals, who take what they learn and apply it. He also helps motivate those who have yet to develop passion. And, just like coaching, He helps individuals build off of previous development- all for a greater plan- His plan! Jesus gave us His plans in Matthew 28:18-20. We call this the ‘Great Commission.’ He instructed us to go and make disciples. All of us! He also gave us a great Counsellor- The Holy Spirit!
Be encouraged! God is great! God provides! God loves you! He loves everyone the same. He has the master plan. He knows how to best use you! Be faithful to Him, He is faithful to you! He gave us the ultimate coach and has already won the game. We are not sure what inning we are in, but we do know the end of the game is getting closer.
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.