Guests come to our house, and our first thought is often, “What does it look like inside?” Before we consider opening the door, we calculate time needed to put the unsightly stuff away and dust off what remains. If we really want to impress, and all’s not in order, we suggest they return another time.
Wait until you’re ready for marriage, you may always be single. Wait until your life is a model of perfection before sharing, and you’ll miss the best part of coaching.
Don’t share all your sins and struggles with your players…but don’t pretend not to have them. Share your successes, your failures, your dreams and your fears. Live out the ideals you work so hard to impart. Share your life with your players.
A requisite characteristics of leadership is “keeping it real.” Players want relationships. Don’t keep them outside while you clean up inside. If you are victorious let them celebrate with you. As you fix what’s broken, players should see you renovate. Let them see how a Godly man does life. Let them in!
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) If you have been called to coach, God has provided opportunity to sow into the lives of your players. God loved us when we were unlovable…so can our players. Let them in!