Tonight (January 7th, 2013) is the BCS National Championship game between the University of Alabama and the University of Notre Dame.
I guess there is no hiding it forever. I waste w a y too much time watching college football. And tonight, if everything goes my way, both teams will lose.
I know. That’s a pretty lousy attitude. I guess I am actually pulling for Alabama. I’m not a Bama fan, but I am pulling for them because of AJ McCarron and his kindness toward this young girl. Other than that, I’m just ready for next season to get here.
But, enough small talk. Let’s get to the real reason for this post. Coaching.
Every disciple maker is a coach. Whether we want to be or not…regardless of how we feel, we’re coaches. We’re not standing in front of painted-face fanatics or listening to the roar of thousand in the stands, but we are coaches.
In reality, we’re standing in front of “a great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) who understand that the stakes are much higher for us than they are for any college football coach.
In light of tonight’s “big game,” one of my Facebook friends posted a quote online tonight that is attributed to Tom Landry. He said,
“The job of a coach is to make men do what they don’t want to do, in order to achieve what they really want.”
A football coach pushes guys to the point of physical and mental exhaustion so that they can live out their childhood fantasies. He drives them to do more than they want to do in order to become champions.
In The Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer verbalizes this concept for followers of Jesus. He says, “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die. It may be a death like that of the first disciples who had to leave home and work to follow Him, or it may be a death like Luther’s, who had to leave the monastery and go out into the world. But it is the same death every time—death in Jesus Christ, the death of the old man at his call.”
Jesus said the same thing, with slightly different words. He said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
In other words, come and die…so that you can experience the life you’ve always wanted.
So, here’s the question. How are you challenging people to do what they don’t want to do, in order to help them achieve what they most deeply desire?
Inspire us! Give us you halftime speech (or any coaching thoughts) in the comments below.