Put Me in Coach!

But many who are first will be last, and the last first. Matthew 19:30

The song goes: Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today! Look at me, I can be center field! During gym class, I remember the gruesome process of standing in a group while two team captains chose their teammates. Some kids bragged as they knew they would be chosen. Other students would stand there humiliated, fearful, and some with negative attitudes. Sometimes in life we are the best candidate for the job, but lack of self-confidence and poor attitudes knock us to the back of the line. God has no favorites (Acts 10:34). But we can have the favor of God if we live by his word and transform our thinking (Prov. 3:1-4). Jesus chose us over His own life – how’s that for favor! Sure, He chooses some over others for certain tasks, but He created each of us with unique abilities (Psa. 139:14). No one can do ‘your thing’ quite like you do it! Don’t let a poor attitude keep you from try outs; your destiny even! Try out a few things to see what ‘your thing’ is. You must start somewhere (Zech. 4:10). Joseph served in prison before the palace, but he didn’t have a prison state of mind. If you are still on the bench, consider this: Are you walking in fear or faith? Do you have a bad attitude while you wait? Or, do you think maybe God has something bigger that He’s preparing you for?

If God is calling you forward, GO! If He’s telling you to wait, then wait with a good attitude. David was called to battle. Fear would say, “Hey that giant is too big to conquer forget it. I’m just the little guy, and no one picked me to fight!” Faith says, “That giant is so big there’s no way I could possibly miss!” It’s all about perspective. David wasn’t perfect, He failed at some things, but He loved God (1 Sam. 13:14) He had favor as He kept God’s commands. We can do all things through Christ (Phil 4:13, Zech. 4:6). You can’t be extra-ordinary until you have conquered ordinary. You can’t lead until you learn to serve. Humility comes before honor (Prov. 18:12). Jesus was the epitome of the heart of a servant. He is FOR US (Rom. 8:28-31). Don’t give up on your dreams. Keep your mind on the goal even small ones. Even ONE soul who gives their heart to Jesus causes a great celebration in heaven! (Luke 15:10). Do all things as unto the Lord; even waiting, and watch God transform your life. (1 Peter 5:6).

Your attitude is like the aroma of your heart. If your attitude stinks, it means your heart’s not right. Alex Kendrick


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