“Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night.
They will serve as signs for festivals and for days and years.’”
– Genesis 1:14
There is nothing quite like the beginning of a new season. For a football coach, it might be the smell of freshly cut grass as he prepares his team to take the field on the first day of fall practice. For a basketball coach, it could be the shrill of that first whistle letting his athletes know the off-season is history, and it’s time to play for keeps. Every sport has its unique sounds and smells which remind us that it’s time for a fresh start. The past is behind us, and the future lies at our feet. Our hopes are high, and our excitement is difficult to contain.
As coaches, our careers are measured by seasons. Each season brings opportunities to pour into the lives of our athletes. Each season we search for the perfect chemistry and team cohesiveness that will make our team successful. To the average fan, the success of a season is often determined only by wins and losses. To God, it is measured by how we shepherd and lead our flock. When the lights come on this season, will we be ready? Will we be ready to help them become good citizens, good brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters, in addition to being good at their sport? Will we be there for them when they fail or need guidance? Will we give them hope only for a season or for a lifetime? When the lights come on and the new season begins, will we be difference makers?
Heavenly Father, I want to be a difference maker this season. Give me a renewed desire to pour into the lives of those athletes You have put in my charge. I can’t do it in my own strength; I need You if it’s going to get done. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.