Our verse today from the Word of God is found in Colossians 2:9-10
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”
I have observed during my coaching experiences an interesting aspect of how coaches handle their jobs. Particularly in high school. It has to do with getting bogged down. My point is, don’t allow for yourself to get bogged down. Your job is to analyze your opponent and then to coach. In some cases you will have responsibilities to the community, the parents, the administration, but to become a public relations expert is not necessary. You can effectively assign and manage some of these responsibilities. Recall if you will, Genesis Chapter 18 when Jethro, Moses father-in-law, counsels him to appoint trusted people to discharge God’s will.
“Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.”
“But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials”
“Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. He chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people, officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. They served as judges for the people at all times. The difficult cases they brought to Moses, but the simple ones they decided themselves.”
When I read this passage I think about one important factor. Moses no longer wore himself out on all the problems of the Isrealites. And, when it was necessary he weighed in on the issues that demanded his input. What does that mean to a football coach? Well, I think that trusted people who care about the success of your program can help out. There are a lot of needs that require attention, but there are also details that can be delegated. Most of the time, in just about any football program, there are people who want nothing more than to help. Moses utilized people who understood the teachings of God. For you I think it means, pick people who are capable to the individual task. One important thing to consider is whether the individual wants to see the kids be successful in the game of football. Avoid people who like the exposure and attention that comes along with having an important responsibility. Not that it is a huge problem, because everyone wants to feel good about what they are doing, but I have learned that when egos and arrogance invade an undertaking, it is hard to be effective as a Christian football coach.
So, my suggestion to you coaches who find yourself reading this blog, with respect, is to coach football. Leave the rest (some of it) to trusted people who will report to you.