I mentioned before that I am reading Chuck Pagano’s book Sidelined where he talks about his battle with cancer as a man of faith and professional football coach. He talks about running the team from his hospital bed, meeting with players and family members in the hospital. He hits on something that is one of the real secrets in life and I’ll put it to you in the form of a question:
Who are you teaching?
We all have a need to teach. We have unique knowledge and experience that can be communicated to someone else. We write. We take our children in the back yard and show them how to kick a ball, climb a tree, or swing on the swing. We guide them on first steps and through first bad dreams. On our journey of faith, we seek to follow Jesus as the ultimate teacher.
There is more than one scene in the Bible where Jesus is speaking to the crowds. He starts as a child in the temple and progresses to growing masses of followers. He heals the sick, casts out demons, and changes lives. He angers and inspires. In the book of Acts we read of our commission, to go and tell the world of the good news. We are meant to teach, to share our lives with others and not live in a vacuum.
In Pagano’s book he mentions the first game he watched from the sideline after nearing the end of his cancer treatment. The Colts won the game and cameras recorded his post game speech:
He tells the team that they chose to live in a vision and not their circumstances. He mentions that his battle is already won and that he will dance at the weddings of his two daughters. You can see the message light up the faces of the players. Pagano used his situation to teach the team the lesson of ignoring the outside voices and chase your dreams.
My oldest son, even a month after the end of his t ball season, still calls me coach. He soaked up every moment we had together at those games and I know, as a father, he soaks up any moment we have together. He yearns to learn.
We all have a deep desire to learn. We are all called to teach. We are created to live in community with others. See the pattern?
So as you enter this weekend, think about who you are teaching. Who is watching you for inspiration? Your neighbor? Friend? Spouse? Child? Make the most of each moment, live in a vision, and never miss the chance to teach someone.
Peter tells us to always be prepared when asked about the source of our hope. Are you?