And God everything in our lives to work together to accomplish His plans for us. (Romans 8:28
This is not the first time that I’ve made mention of this, but I think it bears repeating. I know that I still have to be reminded about it from time to time. In my younger years, I had the opportunity to begin coaching various sports at my alma mater. I started coaching girls basketball, something I had never even considered. Then track, in which I had a limited background. And, finally, cross-country, where I had absolutely no clue what to do.
In those early days, I think I learned more from the athletes than they ever learned from me. But I loved doing it and eventually learned enough to begin to actually teach others. The teams I coached became very successful. And the more successful they became, the more I wanted to teach them to become even better. After a few years, the time and effort I put into coaching began to define who I was. It was consuming all my energy and I never even realized it. Then an opportunity to become a teacher/principal at a private school came up. Because I would be new to the job, my employers wanted me to focus all my attention on their school. l had to give up coaching. I was absolutely crushed. It was then that I finally realized how much my life had become unbalanced with a huge amount of time spent coaching and limited amounts of time spent with my family, my church and my “real” job and even the hobbies I used to enjoy.
As I applied myself to my new position, I learned to balance how I spent my time in all the things that mattered. Somehow, God gave me the ability to manage my time and energy so that I actually had the time to do other things. By my second year at the private school, the School Board was pleased enough with the job I was doing, that they wanted to increase my salary. Unfortunately, their budget was too small. So, they gave me the opportunity to go back to coaching to supplement my income. I couldn’t believe it. Because I realized I had messed up before, but now had my priorities straight, God provided a way for me to return to doing something I loved. So I returned to coaching and continued for almost another 40 years.
He really is the God of second chances.