Theme of the Week: Qualified to Coach
Bible Verse: “And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17
Scripture Reading: Matthew 17:1-5
When a man is being considered to be the coach of a team, his qualifications are always at the forefront of the conversation. If they match up with expectations, he will be hired.
When it comes to being a dad, most of us would say we shouldn’t be “hired” because we feel underqualified. We know there are parenting skills that can be learned, and we believe we can learn them. But at the heart level, we still wrestle with uncertainty.
Years ago, I was at a conference where the leaders were praying for men and using today’s verse at the heart of their praying. I sensed the need to receive such a prayer. As I went forward, God did something in my heart and soul as those men prayed for me. I describe it as God closing a hole in my heart. I had become settled in my understanding that as God’s son, He loved me and was well pleased with me.
Though I was an imperfect father, I began to feel a new confidence in being a dad. My understanding of how God viewed me lifted a veil that had kept me in the dark about what it meant to be God’s son. As my understanding of my identity grew, so did my confidence and ability to coach my children well.
We are qualified to coach well, not because we know certain skills about parenting, but rather because of who we are through Christ. God says to each of us, “You are my son, whom I love; with you, I am well pleased.”
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