By R.A. Weigel
It can feel odd when you’re getting to an age where the history channel puts on a show, and you realize that you’ve lived through everything they’re talking about. Yet, there are some things that you begin to see more clearly as the years accumulate and one of those things is the need for Christians to stop being afraid and step up their game. What I’m talking about is that far too many Christians are being talked out of stepping up, stepping in, taking the reins, and doing the things that the history channel will want to demo in the future. If there was ever a time for Kingdom business owners, leaders, entrepreneurs, and coaches, this is it.
Every generation, (yes…every generation), needs God’s people to overcome the systems of the world in order to prevent disaster. There is a uniqueness to your life that is part of God’s bigger plan, so don’t limit his calling by thinking that you have to do everything the same way it’s always been done before. God wants to work with you to do what has to be done but to do that, you’ve got to overcome the fears that the world consistently tries to instill into your operating system. As you progress in life, your personal history channel thoughts will be on the opportunities where you didn’t step up because you allowed the world’s dictates on fear to make your decisions.
“God’s dream for your life is so much bigger, so much better than breaking even. If you focus on not making mistakes, you won’t make a difference. You don’t overcome sin by focusing on not sinning. You need a dream that is bigger and better than the temptations you’re trying to overcome. You need a dream that doesn’t allow you to become spiritually sidetracked, a dream that demands your utmost for His highest.” ~ Mark Batterson
There are a vast number of areas, occupations, and opportunities in life where God needs his people to step up. Not everyone is called to be a minister or pastor, but that doesn’t mean that God isn’t calling his people to step up in the areas of life where they can serve. Service may be in a business, retail, education, banking, medicine, law, manufacturing, engineering, labor, transportation, commerce, logistics, or something entirely different. For you, it might be stepping up and becoming a Christian coach with a niche that meets the needs of people whose lives will never reach their potential without you. That’s very exciting if you think about it.
Your call to a certain type of coaching probably won’t happen when you feel you’re ready. It seldom happens when you feel qualified, have the right background, got the right certificate, or finished the right course. Your journey for coaching acumen will be as unique as how God made you. How, when, and where the Lord will call you to use your coaching skills in order to help others will be unique to you and most likely, a journey of faith.
It’s unlikely you’ll have a burning bush, (Exodus 3), or Jesus telling you to cast your net on the other side of the boat, (Luke 5:1-11), as directions for your calling as a Christian coach. (It’s possible, but not likely.) God’s calling as a Christian coach will be as unique as you are. It might be an issue that burns in your heart, a causes that needs support, a hurt that hasn’t healed, an injustice that needs your service, or a vision for the future that builds up God’s people. Your coaching niche will keep you up at night, push you with new thoughts, or be an inspired hope for a better future.
How God will work with you to find and build your unique coaching prowess is unknown, but you will know it when it happens. The key is to start moving in the direction where God has given you that new insight. It’s your believing actions that create the conditions for the next action and the next and the next. The more you follow through and do what the Lord is encouraging you to do, the stronger will be your understanding of your unique coaching talent. As you take believing action, you grow in your understanding of the reality of the power of the “Christ in you.” (Colossians 1:27) The more you follow through and do what the Lord has directed, the more your calling will be affirmed in ways that will be unique to you.
God wants you to reach your potential more than you do. What’s your potential? That will take some time, prayer, fasting, reflection, coaching, and commitment to figure out, but one thing is certain, you’ll never reach your full potential by spending the majority of your life focusing on what the world tells you. You won’t reach your full potential by spending the majority of your time with unbelievers instead of your brothers and sisters in Christ. And you won’t reach your Christian coaching potential unless you’re spending time with other Christian coaches. Don’t entertain the distractions that are designed to keep you from spending time with other Christian coaches. Step up your game and make the decision to spend time with the wonderful Christian coaches who attend the CCNI events because where two or three gather together as Christ followers, that is where great inspiration is going to happen.
It’s time for you to step up your game and become more of what the Lord has called you to be. As you spend time with other believers in the body of Christ you’re going to grow closer and closer to your potential. (Ephesians 4:12) You’re going to grow in your specialized Christian coaching niche when you spend time with other Christian coaches. When you help other Christian coaches to reach their potential, that’s when God will energize you to reach your potential. The law of sowing and reaping cannot be broken. Think about that when you think about how you’re spending your time.
Galatians 6:7 (ESV) – Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.
It’s time for you to step up your game and spend some quality time with your brother and sister Christian coaches. Ask them about their vision, niche, dreams, and how they want to serve. Share your vision, niche, dreams, and how you want to serve. Whenever possible, pray together, encourage each other, provide some guidance, and coach each other. God’s calling for you to be a Christian coach is bigger than you may know at this time, but when you step up your game to help others in the body of Christ, that’s when you’re going to find what you’ve really been looking for. Your destiny is interwoven with other Christian coaches – more than you realize.