The Great Impact
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper ), and to prayer. A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders. And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had. They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity — all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.”
Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47 NLT
A coach has a tremendous opportunity to impact and influence the lives of athletes. The daily grind that comes with that responsibility is never ending. Part of that responsibility is to build relationships on the team. Coach to player. Player to coach. Player to player, etc…The goal is to build trust equity, teamwork, accountability, serving others before self, chemistry, focus and discipline.
What are some characteristics that separated the early church in the book of Acts? How did the leaders and the people of that early church impact and influence their “team-members”? In the passage above I want to point out some key words that were just as relevant 2000 years ago as they are today. Here they are!
They were devoted. They fellowshipped. They shared. They prayed. They were in awe. They met together. They spent time together. They served one another. They provided for each other. They worshiped together. They did life together in each other’s home. They had great joy. They were generous. They had goodwill for each other.
Wow!!! You want to build team chemistry? You want to impact others in your life? You want to leave a legacy? You want to be in awe? Then make these attributes a priority, not only in your personal life but in the life of the team you lead and influence. Always remember; The pain of discipline is always less than the pain of regret! Make an Impact!
Have a great Week!
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 32 years, and currently serves on staff with the Chicago White Sox as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall) by the Boston Red Sox, and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga. with their two children.
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