Giving Thanks

Written by Charles Gee

November 25, 2019

“Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Life comes at us fast! As coaches, we wear many hats and have more on our to-do list than we have time to accomplish. We interact with administrators, teachers, student-athletes, parents, spouses and our own children on a daily basis. Though we have some voice over who makes the team, schedules and game day decisions, many aspects of our job are beyond our control. Injuries, suspensions, illness, and firings are not things we decide. Our faith is always a little stronger when things are going well. Where do we put Christ when the tough times come? Where do we find peace and comfort when the world turns on us?

As coaches, we want our players and our fans to have faith in our program. We want them to stick with us not only during the good times, but also through the hard times. God expects the same from us. How can we develop an attitude that will take us through the difficult times? God’s Word tells us to “rejoice always, pray constantly, and to give thanks in all things.” That’s advice we can always count on.

Heavenly Father, may I rejoice in my circumstances with the knowledge that You are always with me. May I understand You are only a prayer away regardless of my situation. Give me a heart of thanksgiving today and every day. Amen.

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