Whistles and Wedding Rings: Devotions for Coaches and Spouses

Day 8 of 10 • This day’s reading



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Hebrews 10:24

What is it that best motivates your coaching colleagues? Where are the motivational buttons on your players? What brings out the best in your spouse? When you ask your children about homework or assigned tasks, how do you keep them engaged? 

The writer of the book of Hebrews understood that motivation is not a one size fits all proposition. He writes about it in chapter 10, verse 24. There we read, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” This simple sentence is loaded with key verbs and nouns for our instruction.

He instructs us to “think of ways to motivate.” This implies that we must consider that there may be multiple different ways to motivate the people around us. We are all wired differently. Some may be motivated by reward, others by encouragement, others by challenge, still others by fear, and some by the promise of a promotion or a financial bonus. What is it with you? What best motivates your spouse?

A few other key words are, “acts of love and good works.” Some people are plenty motivated, but not to acts of love and good works. What are the ways that you can best move your players toward love and good works? How do we motivate our family members to be their best?

The challenge for each of us is to carefully consider all those we lead and to discern the best ways to lead them to act lovingly and to serve each other. This makes for great teamwork on the field of competition and it makes for a wonderful coaching family.

Questions for Contemplation and Discussion:

1.  What have you observed to best motivate those with whom you coach?

2.  What motivates your family members to be at their best?

3.   What would you tell your spouse is the number one way to motivate you to acts of love and good works?