While on a vacation to Gull Lake Ministries I was sitting by the archery range watching a father and son shoot arrows. as the young boy was struggling to hit the target, his dad gave him some pointers and the boy, taking his father’s advice, began hitting the target. His dad then commented, “you see what a little coaching will do for you?”
We all need others in our life who are older and wiser and can help point us to Jesus and give us direction. We often fail on ow own efforts but with God involved, we will find the success we desire. However, maybe not in the way we think it will come.
Proverbs 15:32 – He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds rebuke gets understanding.
Sometimes we can be way off target. But a little adjustment is sometimes all we need to hit the target. The key is being humble enough to know that you need the help or the coaching and seek it out. Too often we want to figure it out for ourselves and continue to miss the mark on whatever it is…being a better employee, husband/wife or father/mother, etc.
Three Benefits of Getting some Coaching:
- You Can Avoid Mistakes. There is something to be said for struggling through something and dealing with failure in order to reach success. But often times some of that struggle can be avoided by heeding the advice of those with experience in what we are going through or those with a different perspective that can provide us clarity.
- You Can Realize Your Goal More Quickly. Getting some coaching can many times help us to get to our goal faster. As in the story above, the dad could have let his son struggle on his own and continue to do it wrong but his coaching quickly helped him to his goal of hitting the target.
- You Can Save Time. As they say, “time is money.” The longer we mess around doing something the wrong way or using an inefficient method, the more time we waste. However, I will interject here that taking no action because you’re afraid of doing it inefficiently is also a waste of time. If there’s a task that you need to do but have no mentor, simply taking some action is progress and also saving you time because you are getting closer to your goal just by making the effort.
Proverbs 13:1 – A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.
To be sure, these aren’t the only benefits you’ll receive by taking advice or getting a little coaching. The challenge for all of us is to humble ourselves when necessary and seek out some help from others who have the knowledge and experience.