“Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Life comes at us fast! As coaches, we wear many hats and have more on our to-do-lists 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, firings, and COVID-19 regulations are not things we decide. Our faith always seems to be stronger when things are going well. However, where do we put Jesus when the tough times come to visit? Where do we go to find peace and comfort when the world turns on us?
As coaches, we want our players and fans to have faith in our program. We want them to stick with us not only during the good times, but also when the hard times come to visit. 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.” We may not be thankful for the circumstances, but we can be thankful God is right there with us no matter how difficult things might seem. That is a promise we can always count on.
Heavenly Father, may I rejoice in my circumstances with the knowledge that You are always with me. Help me to understand that You are only a prayer away regardless of my situation. Give me a heart of thanksgiving today and every day. Amen.