Gotta be “coachable” if I’m going to achieve my potential!

Coaching an athleteTalk to any coach and they’ll tell you about incredibly gifted athletes they’ve coached who never reached their potential because they were not coachable. They had plenty of natural talent and physical gifts but depended too much on their natural ability and failed to hone those gifts to a fine edge and turn them into disciplined skill. A bit arrogant about what they could do without coaching, they ignored the advice and direction of their coaches and simply “did their own thing!” They practiced wrong, developed bad habits, and in team settings failed to see the value, skills and ability of other players. They thought of themselves as “a one person show.” As a result they never achieved their full potential and developed “blind spots” and weak performance tendencies that opposing players and teams could exploit. Their coaches? If you ask them they simply shake their heads in dismay and regret… If only they were “coachable!”

Thought about that kind of person as I read this in the Bible this morning…

“The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence. The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor!” (Proverbs 15:31–33 ESV)

So I jotted this in the margin of my Bible this morning… “Am I coachable?” I want to be! I want to heed the loving “reproof” and “instruction” of seasoned, fruitful, godly servants of the Lord! They’ll help me see and remedy my “blind spots” – they’ll help me maximize the full potential of God given gifts. Oh, and the greatest “coach” of all – the Holy Spirit will “nudge,” prompt, and correct me until the “fruit of the Spirit” (“Christlikeness”) is produced in my life! You want another Scripture for it in the New Testament? Check out Hebrews 11:5-11! I want to be “coachable!”

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