By Eric Wenger | December 1, 2017
“I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:12b, NIV).
“I press on” is easier to say than to do. The Apostle Paul knew that well. Certainly, his life experience factored into his passion to write down these words for other people who were facing challenges.
A different type of response is tempting when tough situations pile up. “I’ve had enough.” “This isn’t worth it.” “What’s the point?” “I’m done.”
How many times have you spoken one of those phrases or something similar? I know that I have said them. In my coaching experience, I have also heard those words come out of people’s mouths when they are facing obstacles.
A Christ-centered coach helps people face obstacles in at least five specific ways. First, the coach serves as a prayer warrior who hears the story, prays faithfully, and shares the Word. Second, the coach helps with the identification of obstacles. Third, the coach guides the process of writing S.M.A.R.T. (Specific – Measurable – Achievable – Relevant - Timeline) Goals and action plans. Fourth, the coach encourages forward movement. Fifth, did I mention being a prayer warrior?
“Brothers and sisters, I don’t consider that I have taken hold of it yet. But here is the one thing I do. I forget what is behind me. I push hard toward what is ahead of me. I push myself forward toward the goal to win the prize. God has appointed me to win it. The heavenly prize is Christ Jesus himself” (Philippians 3:13-14, NIV).
By God’s grace, Paul was faithfully determined to keep going. He did not deny difficulties, nor did he dwell on them. His confidence was in Christ!
A Christ-centered coach helps people press on because of Jesus! The coach does not deny difficulties or dwell on them. Instead, the coach comes alongside people facing obstacles with encouragement and challenge to help them press on to discover God’s direction for their lives.
Got obstacles? We have a growing network of C4USM coaches ready to come alongside people seeking to press on with a coach. Here is our prayer for all of you…
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:3-6, NIV).
Contact me – firstname.lastname@example.org – for more details about coaching and being coached.
God’s blessings as you press on!
Questions for Discussion
1. What goals do you want to accomplish?
2. What obstacles are you facing as you pursue those goals?
3. How will you overcome those obstacles?
4. What is your plan to press on?
5. How can a coach from our C4USM network help you press on?
Challenge: Read Philippians from the perspective of coaching and of being coached.
Resources You Can Use
Check out our Mission Coaching services on our website.
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Center for U.S. Missions – Contact Information
Email us at: | Rev. Dr. Peter Meier, Executive Director; email@example.com | Rev. Eric Wenger, Director of Mission Coaching; firstname.lastname@example.org| Kathy Meier, Coordinator; email@example.com | Mil Behnken, Office Manager; firstname.lastname@example.org