Don’t go easy on me
My grade school basketball coach had a tendency to make girls cry, but he was my favorite. I admired him because he never spared me from truth or pain.
Countless times when he brought me out of a game, he sat me on the bench right next to him and yelled at me. If we played a sloppy game, he’d make us run extra drills in practice. Some of my teammates preferred the kind of coach who’d go easy on you, but I knew my coach’s actions showed that he cared deeply about his athletes. He molded me into a far better player as a result.
I forget this lesson sometimes when it comes to receiving discipline from the ultimate Coach, the Good Shepherd. I want the Good Shepherd to use his staff to rescue and encourage me, but I don’t always want a whack from the rod to show me I’m out of line. King David reminds me that the staff and rod are both a blessing: “Your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4). If anyone understood the value of being reined in by God’s rod, it was David. He longed for both the rod and staff to keep him safe. Without them, David knew he’d stray from God.
The next time the Good Shepherd uses a situation to give you a whack, thank him for keeping you in line and close to him. Your heavenly Coach loves you too much to go easy on you.
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