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"Lord, I don't ask that I should win, but please, please don't let me finish behind Akabusi."

Innocent Egbunike's prayer at the 1988 Olympics

Coaching again

God has given Bezalel and Ololiab the ability to teach others. Exodus 35:34

In this passage we read about Bezalel and Ololiab and how they are gifted as craftsmen. “God has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers” (verse 35). It is stated clearly that their ability is a gift from God. We read in verse 31: “God has filled him (Bezalel) with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills”.

Note how practical skills - creativity, design, engraving, running, jumping, ball skills are gifts from God. “Wisdom, understanding, knowledge and all kinds of skills” can apply as much to sport as to crafts.

But the point of this devotional is to note that the ability to teach others is God-given. In the English Premier League we often note how few of the top, top players go on to be successful coaches. The ability to do it and the ability to help others to do it are different skills – and both are gifts from God.

When golfer, Lee Trevino, explained why he did not have a coach: “When I find one who can beat me, I will listen”, he completely missed the point.

If you are a coach I hope that this passage will help you to see your task as a calling from God. If you have a coach, thank God for giving them the ability to help you.

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