My husband and I have led a Celebrate Recovery (CR) Ministry since 2006. We’ve been blessed with many ‘change’ experiences while serving people in their journeys through hurts, habits and hang-up’s. Changes in others and changes in ourselves.
My husband likes to say, “we have a ringside seat at the best show on earth.” As Christian coaches, we, too, are likewise blessed with a “ringside seat” to witness God’s amazing work!
Isn’t it wonderful how God uses service, as a coach or any other form of service, to evoke change in the giver and receiver?
David Timms, author of “Living the Lord’s Prayer” says, “Unless change becomes the constant of our own lives, we’ll cease to be change agents in the lives of others.”
Change opportunities are all around us.
There are many verses in the Bible that refer to change. Romans 12:2 (ESV) is familiar to most –
“Do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,…”
As Christian coaches, congruent with the Holy Spirit, we coach the person, not the problem. We understand the problem is merely a symptom and change will come through the process.
Another familiar verse reminds us,
“For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)
Change, for your client, may or may not come during the time a client works with you. This can be tough. Clients are seeking change of some kind and every coach wants to help their clients experience real change.
As the coach, it takes courage to keep your patience, and your pride, to allow God to work as He does. It takes courage to accept that your client may not be ready to take the steps towards change revealed to him/her.
Psalm 27:14 tells us –
“Wait for the LORD;
be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
Change is the work of the Holy Spirit.
As Christian coaches, we are abundantly blessed to serve. We get to help people in their growth and change process. And, the blessings don’t stop there! With each and every client, we, too, get the opportunity for growth and change in the process.
Philippians 4:13 (MSG) is a wonderful promise for all,
“Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it
through anything in the One who makes me who I am.”
Change takes courage.
About the Author:
Debbie Luxton is the 2018 Christian Coaches Network International Secretary. As the owner of One Life to THRIVE, LLC, she serves women who lead through coaching, intimate retreats and community. Debbie is the author of “Choose to THRIVE: Conquering Your Inner Conflicts” and 3 women’s retreat studies. Her passion is to help women who lead for God’s Kingdom, especially pastors wives, live a thriving life as they serve in the impact God created and designed them for. Debbie is a professionally trained life coach, John Maxwell Founding Partner & Certified Leadership Coach; specializing in healthy boundaries.