By Doyle Denney, FCA Coaches Ministry Director
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
It is a long season and any number of events may have caused the loss of attaining the goal of a conference or state championship or other goals you may have set at the outset of the season. It may also be possible that you find yourself in the middle of a great season and all of your goals are still attainable. Either way, we find great solace in the fact that we are surrounded by great encouragers. There are countless saints of God from the past and those who are alive today who are trusting in God. We would be wise to seek out these people so that we may be encouraged by them and to help us maintain our focus.
The writer of Hebrews also suggests that there may be two roadblocks to playing and coaching for our one true audience (looking unto Jesus). He identifies:
- weights — things that trouble us, cause us to worry, become frustrated, discouraged;
- sins – things that entangle and cause us to lose out on God’s blessings and the opportunities He had planned for us.
If Christ is our audience, and we are yielding our play and coaching to Him-He uses our submissive heart and our present circumstances to conform us to the character of Christ. He tells us in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” How comforting it is to know that the Lord is present in the heart of a believer to comfort us, teach us, and guide us through every event we are faced with throughout the season. We must remember, no matter the circumstances, that the Lord Himself should be our principle audience.Print this Page