Can’t you feel the excitement in the air as a new Baseball Season is approaching? For some of you practice has already begun and for others the first official practice is right around the corner. It is almost time to hear two of the greatest words in the English language, “Play Ball”! How do we insure success as coaches both on and off the field? There is no substitute for hard work and getting better every day. But as a coach, I believe there are things you can do in your spiritual life that will have a direct impact on your team and season. These spiritual hints can be found in the letters of the word, PLAY.
First of all, PRAY continually (1Thessalonians 5:17). Make it a habit each day to pray for each of your players and coaches by name. Pray that God will use you to bring Christ into their lives in a powerful way. Pray for their lives on and off the field. Pray for them to become the men God wants them to be. PRAY continually!
Second, LOVE like Jesus (2John 9). If you love your players like Jesus loves them, you will get to know them. Find out what they like and dislike. Let them know you are interested in them as more than just baseball players. Schedule a meeting with each player and develop a personal questionnaire that helps you get to know them. Be quick to praise them for things they do off the baseball field. Find a way in your community for your team to serve others. In doing all these things you will LOVE them like Jesus loves them.
Next, AIM high (2Cor. 13:11). We are to aim for perfection. When we aim for perfection in baseball, we work hard. The game is taught the right way and practices are planned in detail. For us to be the best we can be we must have high expectations for our players and staff! The harder we work, the better we plan, the higher the expectations for every player to reach their potential, the more successful we will be! AIM high and work hard!
Lastly, we must YIELD to the Holy Spirit ( Galatians 5:22-25). If we as coaches will yield to the Holy Spirit, our lives will be filled with the Fruits of the Spirit found in Gal. 5. Take time now to read these verses. Are our lives filled by the Fruits of the Spirit? If not, for us to be the coaches God wants us to be, impacting our players and staff for Him, we must yield to the Holy Spirit. We must commit ourselves to be all in for God, willing to follow Him, and giving our best to Him each day in Bible Study and prayer. When we do those things not only will we be better coaches, we will be better husbands, fathers, and men! We must YIELD to the Holy Spirit!
My prayer for each of you is to remember each day to PLAY. PRAY continually, LOVE like Jesus, AIM high, and YIELD to the Holy Spirit! Don’t hesitate to pass along prayer requests to FCA Baseball and let us know how we can serve you! Blessings!
Posted on Tue, February 12, 2013
by David Daly