“With things back to normal, Paul called the disciples together and encouraged them to keep up the good work in Ephesus.” Acts 20:1 (The Message Bible)
Jesus didn’t ask his disciples to give up their livelihood, family, and home without preparing them for the journey he’d be taking them on. Then he pushed and praised them into action. That’s what a good spiritual coach does.
When I played basketball in high school, I placed my coach, Mr. Argotsinger, close to the status of God. He could have told me to stand in the corner on my hand and stack square bb’s, and I would have attempted to do it. I trusted that he would not expect more of me than I could give. That’s what a good basketball coach does.
As a mother, God gave me the responsibility of protecting, guiding, and teaching my children to help them mature and become independent and good citizens. One day, as I worried out loud about one of my adult kids, a friend told me the best five words a parent can say to their children: “You will figure it out.” That, and a lot of pushing and praising, is what a good mother coach does.
Dear Lord, please be my coach when I struggle on my faith journey. Amen.