If you know me, you know that I love sports. I played youth sports as a kid, baseball, basketball, and golf in high school, and had the privilege of playing college baseball all the way through. Over the 15 years of playing organized sports I had quite a few coaches just like you did. Some were memorable and some not so much. Some were memorable for the positive impact they had on me and the others……. Regardless, I learned at least one thing from every coach I ever had. You can probably say the same thing.
I grew up with a dad who coached high school sports for over 35 years and he coached many of my teams in youth sports and in high school. My dad had such an impact on my life as a coach that I decided to do the same. I coached college and high school baseball for 8 years and have been a Generosity Coach for the past 18 years. I have been in the professional working world for 26 years and I have been a coach of some sort the entire time.
What makes us as individuals need and/or want coaches? Here are three reasons that I have experienced:
- Coaches share knowledge and experience. Coaches have special skills in a certain area from personal experience and from teaching and coaching in their specialty. They often have gifts in an area that most do not, but would desire to have. Coaches are able to share their personal knowledge and experience with those of us who desire to have the same.
- Coaches challenge. As adults we have all created some type of self-discipline, but even the most self-disciplined person will not push themselves as far as a coach will. Coaches can get their players to do the extra sprint or finish that final set of push ups. Left to our own self-discipline, when things are tough, we typically fall short of what it takes to reach our goals. Coaches get us to the finish line.
- Coaches encourage. Trying to reach new heights or high goals can often be difficult and discouraging because failure is typically a part of the journey. We can all handle a certain degree of failure and difficulty, but sometimes it can be overwhelming and cause us to want to give up. Coaches can be there to encourage and empathize because they have been there before too. Coaches can relate to the difficulty and offer suggestions on how to cope with the challenges, get you back on track, and help you finish with excellence.
Coaching churches in the area of generosity is a privilege. I have had the pleasure of working with some great ‘athletes’ on the field and in the church over the past 18 years as a Generosity Coach. It has been amazing to watch pastors and leaders in churches overcome challenges in the area of generosity. The generosity conversation in most churches can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be.
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