In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, the Apostle Paul compares the Christian life to a foot race. He encourages us to “run in such a way that you may win” (v. 24b).
The writer of Hebrews also makes the same comparison urging believers to “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrew 12:1-2). Christians who are also leaders must read this passage from two perspectives. First, they must read it as a “runner” striving to live their own life well. But Christian leaders should also read these verses as a “coach” who is responsible to help others run their race well.
Recently, I set down with the staff that I am privileged to work with and looked at Hebrews 12:1-2 from the perspective of coach. Here are the “coaching tips” that we gleaned from the passage.
- Remember, you are not alone. One of the best parts about running in a road race is the camaraderie and the people who cheer you on. The Christian life was never meant to be lived alone. We all need to belong to a local congregation to encouragement and support.
- Even if you are slow, just keep going. The Christian life is a more like a marathon than a sprint; it requires endurance. Distractions and stumbling blocks are unavoidable, but just keep moving.
- Stay focused on Jesus. Focus in key because it determines your motivation and direction. For the Christian, the focus should always be in Jesus Christ, “the author and perfecter of faith.”
What other coaching tip would you add to our list to help others “run” well?