Many of you may be considering New Year’s resolutions. What changes do you desire? How will you stick to them?
I have coached soccer for 15 years and seen hundreds of young people respond to coaching. Some went on to play soccer in college on scholarships. Others quit. What made the difference? Not as much raw talent as motivation and teachability.
Motivation – Did they want to play and improve?
Some didn’t want to play soccer. Often a mom or dad wanted them to, but they didn’t. If they are to play well and improve they must personally want that.
So it is with us. Do we actually want to improve? If we do, then we will be willing to put in the extra effort.
Teachability – Did they listen to input and “own” the improvement process?
In 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” there is a great outline for growth:
Hundreds of times I went through this with my players:
The players who cooperated aggressively with the learning process got better. Others were not teachable, and didn’t improve.
We need to cooperate aggressively with the learning process. We must think through:
We must own the process. We need to want to see changes, be open to input, trust the Lord and work hard to make changes happen.
How about you? If you’re willing to own the change process, by God’s grace and power, you will grow and be more fruitful in serving God.
Happy New Year!
As the mother of small children, I nursed a familiar feeling of dread each morning. I found time early in the morning to be alone with God. Somehow, my discipline became an exercise in making myself worthy of entering God’s presence. One day, God interrupted my efforts.
Morbid as it may seem, autumn really is about death. And God repeats this pattern in you and me.
Why doubt is not necessarily a road-block to deep faith.
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