First Church of God Vero Beach
Saturday, May 18, 2013
- real life. real truth.
: pastor's corner
Keeping It Simple
It’s amazing how God never wastes any experience in life if we are open to learn from it. I grew up playing team sports and after college I enjoyed coaching at a private Christian school. Since then, serving as a senior pastor has brought unique demands on my time but I still managed to stay involved in coaching my children’s teams as they grew up. I look back with fond memories and no regrets. Not only was it a joy to participate in their lives but I also learned a great deal from coaching and have found many parallels for living the Christian life.
For example, one of the greatest lessons that I learned while playing and coaching is to keep things simple. A lot of coach’s think that the more plays their team can run, the better chance they have of winning. My experience has taught me differently. I learned early on under good coaching that teaching the fundamentals of the game and doing them well will bring a greater return for both the team and the individual player.
We can spend so much time trying to add layer upon layer of information in the hope that we will improve our life, or, we can really come to understand the basics and learn to do them extremely well.
I think it is easy for a church to get caught up in the ‘latest greatest’ and place emphasis on teaching more information when they have neglected the foundational things that never change and bring the greatest results.
Let’s keep it simple and let’s practice what we learn!
Blessings to you, church!