Coaching Strategies for Your Family Part 4

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Family

It was January 10, 1982. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was scheduled to be at a special music rehearsal at Lindsay First Baptist Church (we lived in Lindsay at the time) but the NFC championship game wasn’t over. There was 58 seconds left in the game, the 49ers had the ball on the 6-yard line when Joe Montana threw that famous pass to Dwight Clark known as “The Catch.” I celebrated and celebrated! In fact I’m still celebrating!!

What does that have to do with coaching strategies for your family? It’s the importance of the celebration. Every family needs to celebrate the victories of life. Romans 12:15 When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. (NLT) Every child needs the joy that celebrations bring when they have had successes in life.

Celebrate when your children make progress at school. Celebrate with your wife when a credit card gets paid off (then burn the card!). Celebrate the success stories at work with your family. Celebrate the miracles of God in your home and at your church.

Don’t get me wrong, make sure it really is something deserving of celebration. But if we are honest with ourselves we seem to spend a lot more time with the things that go wrong than the things that go right. It’s time to turn it around! Celebrate the little victories, the little gains. What is the West Coast offense? It’s a ball control offensive system that uses the timed, short passing game. Just remember even a short completion can turn into a 90 yard touchdown!

In Matthew chapter 25 Jesus told the parable of the three servants that illustrates my heart concerning times of celebration, Matthew 25:21 (NLT) “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ Let me paraphrase; “The parents were full of praise. “Well done my good and faithful son/daughter. You have been faithful in handling the things I ask you to do (homework, chores, etc.) Now that you are growing you are ready for more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!”

It just may be time for a party, invite your family!


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