Coaching Strategies for Your Family Part 3

Posted: October 14, 2012 in Family

In 2011 a man that was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of fame that never played or coached in the NFL. But he had such a profound impact on the game that he dramatically changed the sport into what we know and enjoy year after year. He didn’t use a football or a clipboard. He used a camera. His name is Ed Sabol, founder of NFL Films. NFL Films produces everything from commercials to highlight films for coaches.

Team films help coaches prepare their players during pre-season and are an invaluable tool week after week as the season progresses. What’s my point? Well two points come to mind: 1) training and teaching your family team is an ongoing process. My daughters are grown and have families of their own, but I will always be their father and I will always teach, train, and invest in their lives and families. 2) We have a training tool that is far greater than NFL Films; we have the Bible as our training manual, playbook, and rulebook for life.

Dad, as head coach you are responsible for teaching and training your team. Get personally involved in the everyday teaching and training of your children. Don’t leave all the training to your assistant coach! If you don’t know where to start, start with the good things you learned from your own parents. Psalms 78:2-4 (GW) …I will explain… things that we have heard and known about, things that our parents have told us. We will not hide them from our children. We will tell the next generation about the LORD’S power and great deeds and the miraculous things he has done. Also, teach what you have learned from your spiritual father; your pastor, a mentor, teacher, etc. (See 1 Corinthians 4:15-17)

Remember, teaching is not just fixing what is wrong; it’s building on what is right. Coach Bill Walsh put it this way, “Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.” When your children get it right praise them, build them up, and instill in them a winner’s attitude. I purposely used the term “winner’s attitude” instead of a “winning attitude” because with life comes loss, but a loss cannot stop a winner from facing the next challenge of life with hope and faith. What does a winner’s attitude look like? It looks like this; Philippians 4:12-13 (TLB) I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.

You are a winner if you are in Christ!


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