Sunday, August 21, 2016

People Really Don't Care What You Know Until They Know That You Care

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"People really don't care what you know until they know that you care." We have heard this over and over again but how much do we really believe it. I believe life can be narrowed down to one simple overarching concept: Relationships. Life is all about relationships, there is really no way around it. I think we were built to function that way. It's especially true in the teaching and coaching world. Athletes/Students want to feel believed in, they want to feel like someone truly believes in what they are capable of accomplishing. You could have all the top knowledge, all the "right" answers, the best resources and much much more but without a genuine relationship between the coach and the player (or a teacher and the student) then I believe you have missed out on the greatest blessing in life. You have probably missed out on some quality growth as well because the foundation of the relationship was never solid and genuine.

You see, I think God is way more concerned with out relationships than he was with what we felt like we were accomplishing in life. I mean whether we play a sport for a living or we run a business, I think God is more concerned with how we conduct our relationships within the things we do. Jesus spent his whole life here on this Earth teaching us how to have a relationship with God and how to have relationships with others. That's all the bible's a book about relationships! So if Jesus's focus was on relationships then I want my focus to be on relationships as well! 

How can I show love to others? How can I put others needs before my own? How can I illustrate that my relationship with God is the most important relationship in my life and that my relationships with others is my next priority.

It is so easy to get caught up in how the world wants us to view relationships. The World tells us that in order to be better we have to put ourselves above others in whatever way possible. It's all about self advancement, putting yourself first and others second. Jesus never did that in his own life, he always did the opposite.

So as I begin this school year. As I begin to prepare myself to teach and to coach, I want those around me to see that I care about people first and everything else second. I'm no where near perfect in doing this consistently but I do believe that lives are changed when I stop worrying so much about myself and focus more on how I can serve other people.

Coached In Truth

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