Thoughts from a Coach

Pastor Kitt Guerrier from Evergreen Lakeville shared on Friday night with a coach’s viewpoint on Joshua 1:8 where it says: This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to meditate on it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.
A successful football team requires a coach, a game plan and players that follow both. In the Christian life, God is our coach, the word is our game plan, and our success in the Christian life depends on our response to both. Kitt shared on Friday that having success in the biblical sense is having a relationship with Jesus and discovering and doing his will for your life. 
After Kitt’s message I was considering “What is a player’s response to this passage?” The very next verse is interesting to consider: 
This is my command – be strong and courageous!
What is interesting is that this was the second of three times that Joshua was exhorted to be “strong and courageous.” He was first exhorted to be “strong and courageous” by Moses (Deuteronomy 31:6) and later by the people of Israel (Joshua 1:18).
As a player in the Kingdom of God, we definitely need to follow our coach (God) and his game plan (The Bible). But we also need the exhortation of our fellow players and the assistant coaches God gives us, just like Joshua needed the exhortation of his peers (Joshua 1:18) and his spiritual leader Moses (Deuteronomy 31:6).
I know that as high school track and cross country athlete, training alongside other athletes motivated me to train harder and push myself in ways I wouldn’t have done if I trained alone. 
Have you surrounded yourself with peers that do not let God’s word depart from their mouths, in order that you may be successful in all that you do?
Hebrews 10:24 expresses the value of positive peer pressure this way: “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”

Karl Quickert