Be a Life Coach!

by DeDe Jones
A youth baseball team prepares for a game n a huddle.  All hand in for a cheer.  Green and blue uniforms.

I apologize for my lack of getting a blog out. Like every family, life happens and for my family that has been no exception. The first of the year kicked off with a bang and was going great when one night we got an unexpected phone call that would change our lives forever. My son’s young coach, Charlie, had passed away that morning from unknown causes. Saying we were shocked would be an understatement. My son had been at practice the night before where the coach was doing push-ups with his team.

I have been in ministry a very long time and have seen more than my share of hard and epic tragedies, but this time was different. This time I had to go to my son’s room and tell him that one of his favorite people in the whole world was gone. This was a whole new level of hard. I have helped many, many grieving people and families work through loss, but when it’s your own kid – there are no words.

Over the past few weeks I have seen Real Hope through this rough chapter. As my son was getting ready for his first game of the season and his first game without his coach, I asked him how he was doing. He said, “Mommy, Coach Charlie was more than my coach. He was my life coach.”

He described how his coach would share the love of Jesus with him and his teammates. Coach Charlie showed them that they could find Jesus everywhere – even in baseball. My 10-year-old will never forget these lessons. Nor will he ever forget the amazing man who took the time to teach him baseball, but most of all how much Jesus loved them.

Real Hope for my family has been discovering that we never truly know the impact we have on those around us and in knowing that we can change people’s lives just by showing them that Jesus is in all things – even baseball.

I will forever be grateful for the “Life coach” my kid will never forget!

Go be a life coach today!!!

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Song of Inspiration
“I Will Remember You” – Sarah McLachlan

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