As a coach, you are supposed to be teaching people things to make them better. However, I have learned that as a coach, you learn just as much, or more, from the people you teach.
PRIME EXAMPLE: I have been interning at D1 for a month now. One of my first days on the job, I was shadowing the rookie class, which is for kids aged 7-11. They were doing a relay race where they had to push a box 10 yards, run 15 yards, run back, and then push the box back to the finish line. One of the groups had the youngest kid in their group. Being the youngest, he is not quite up to speed with the rest of the group, so he struggled to push the box, as it was a bit too heavy for him. His group put him last, hoping they could gain a good enough lead for him. As this kids turn approached, I was getting nervous for him because I didn’t want his team to be mad at him if he lost the race for them. Before I knew it, his turn was up. He started to push and the box was barely moving. He was trying so hard, but the box was not budging.
And then, the most incredible thing happened.
Instead of his teammates yelling at him, one by one, they got right beside him and helped him push the box. They got it 10 yards and waited for him to return for the push back, all the while cheering him on to run as fast as he could. When he returned, they all got behind the box as one unit and pushed it to the finish line for a victory.
Like I said, as a coach, you learn just as much from the people you teach. A great lesson was shown that day.
NO MATTER THE OBSTACLE THAT STANDS IN YOUR WAY, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FACE IT ON YOUR OWN.
These kids did not let their teammate struggle. They met him right where he was and helped him push through the obstacle that was in front of him.
Think about a time where you had to push a box that was too heavy to push on your own. A struggle in your life that was too big to face alone. Whether you knew it or not, you were never alone. God was by your side the whole time. Joshua 1:9 states, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” When life gets hard, God is never going to leave you. Even in your darkest times, God is right by your side. No matter how big or small your obstacle may be, God is always going to get behind that box with you and push through. Ever look back on a difficult time and think to yourself, “How in the world did I get through that?” THAT WAS GOD WORKING PEOPLE!!!!! Only God can get you through the toughest of times if you lean and depend on him. PRAYER IS POWERFUL. Pray without ceasing and know that in God’s timing, everything is going to work out for the best.
Along with God always being there for you, everyone has friends and family that love and support you. Just as God will get beside you to help you push your box, so will they. A true friend will never let someone struggle alone. The Bible shows us many examples of how to be a friend and how a friend should act. Just look:
Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.”
Luke 6:31 “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”
Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”
A brother is born for a time of adversity. When you are struggling, your true friends will help you get through it. Just like my little kiddos at D1, they will help you push your box and finish your fight. True friends are good to have because there are just some things that you cannot get through alone. They are good for your soul. You should never hesitate to ask anyone for help either. If you truly need their help and they don’t offer it to you, then look for better friends. Seriously. Friends and family are always going to be there to help you fight your battles. Don’t ever worry about facing something alone, but whether you know it or not, there a lot of people in your corner ready to help you. You are always covered in love by more people than you think.
……And if you ever, really feel alone, like there is absolutely nobody that can help you in your darkest time, just remember. God is there waiting on you. He is always there for you. How stinking cool is that?