Put me in, coach

“I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is”

Ephesians 3:18 (New Century Version)

This is interesting that Paul was consumed that his friends in Ephesus could have the ability to ‘understand’ how much God loved them.

As a basketball coach of many years, I know that my players will perform at their highest level if they are convinced that I respect and care about them as people. Not just pons in my quest to use them to be a winning coach. I would pray and sacrifice for them. The “team” was theirs, not mine. I was there to serve and direct “their team”. There was no room for me to yell at and degrade them like almost all of my counterparts.

Because they were convinced of my love, our teams won a ridiculous amount of games. Even when I had a 3-18 season, those players played harder than their bigger and more skilled opponents.


Heavenly Father, help me ‘understand’ more and more how huge Your love is for me. I want You to coach me how to live, think, and be. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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