I love giving players more responsibilities than their previous coaches have given them. I love to see them get excited about their expanded role as a scorer or ball handler. But one of the keys to that working is the player himself being willing to step into that role; but usually when he know the coach believes in him then he will start believing in himself…
Spiritually speaking I think of Barnabas investing in John Mark. Paul had given up on John Mark but Barnabas saw potential and equipped John Mark to be a great man of God… one that Paul eventually said was of great use to him. Great leaders grow great leaders!
2 Timothy 4:11b …Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.
Chip Ingram put it this way: “Good Christians ‘live the life’; great Christians ‘leave a legacy.’”
If you are a young Christian reading this I encourage you to find a great man or woman of God to “train” or mentor you… (if you are an athlete you have probably considered a trainer so why not think of that spiritually?)
If you are a mature believer, and especially if you are in leadership, then I encourage you to target those you can invest in… train… mentor… leave a legacy. (Ingram even gives some great hints on how to target these people… he says to look for F.A.T. people… those that are Faithful, Available, and Teachable.)
If you are a parent start at home empowering your kids…
I love coaching basketball and empowering players; but it fails in comparison to seeing my “team” rise up in ministry!