Whistles and Wedding Rings: Devotions for Coaches and Spouses

Day 9 of 10 • This day’s reading



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Ephesians 4:1-2

Your role as a coaching family is a high calling from God. How well did that sentence settle in your mind? How strongly does it resonate in your heart? Is this role something you have come to embrace as a vocation, an expression of your devotion to God? Many of your colleagues see it through the lens of their stipend, while others view it through the eyes of God. Which are you?

In his letter to the church at Ephesus, chapter 4, verses 1 through 3, the Apostle Paul strongly calls his friends to a high standard. There we read, “Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” That’s a challenging and direct standard for a group of people who live in a debaucherously pagan city.

We are similarly challenged today as coaching families. Our calling is from God and we must lead a life worthy of our calling. Live worthy of it; don’t defame it professionally or as a family. Be humble and gentle; putting away arrogance and intimidation. Be patient and unified as a coaching staff and as a coaching family. 

Imagine the impact your coaching family can have with your colleagues and friends as your career stretches from months, to years, to decades. Only the Lord Jesus can grasp the breadth and depth of your Spirit-fueled influence.

To demonstrate these qualities in our coaching and in our family life is certainly worthy of our calling. Our love for each other carries these attitudes and behaviors to full fruition and pleases our Lord greatly.

Questions for Contemplation and Discussion:

1.  When you read that first sentence, what sort of a reaction did it prompt in you?

2.  Who are some coaching families that you sense live with a sense of calling from God?

3.  What are some facets of your coaching life that may not be worthy of your calling?

4.  How will your love for the people you lead empower your patience with them?