While I’ve never played professional sport I know the importance of having someone keep you focused on a goal.
Reference: “Timothy, my son, I am giving you this command in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by recalling them you may fight the battle well,” 1 Timothy 1:18 NIV
Explore: When it comes to playing sport, a coach is very important. It seems the more professional the level of playing is, the more important the coach becomes.
At the top level, the coach does not need to tell the players how to play the sport but, due to their experience, how to win strategically against an opponent. They are essential in keeping all the players focused on their goal.
Application: While I’ve never played professional sport I know the importance of having someone keep you focused on a goal. I notice this with leadership at work.
A leader has the power to unite a group of people or to tear them apart. A good leader works towards unifying everyone whilst still building up the individual.
When I think of the Apostle Paul, I’m not sure whether I would have seen eye-to-eye with him about everything. But there is no denying he had some powerful leadership abilities.
His letters to individuals, as well as whole churches, have inspired people now for hundreds of years.
We all have the capacity to build people up or to tear them down. Let’s not fall into the latter category.
Prayer: Lord, You build me up with Your love and words of encouragement. May I serve You by leading others well. Amen.
When have you felt built up by someone?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.