“As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend.”
Proverbs 27:17, NLT

The word “coach” may conjure up negative examples. Often we think of an athletic coach who yelled or demeaned his players to try and get them to work harder. Let us define the word “coach.” It is the sixteenth century and you look the word “coach” up in the dictionary. How would the definition read? What was a coach in the sixteenth century? It was a carriage. In fact, only the wealthy and influential people of the day were able to ride. The definition might have read, “a coach takes a valued person from where they are to where they want to go.” Let us translate that up to our day with a biblical context, “a coach helps a valued person get from where they are to where God wants them to go.”

Do you have a person like that in your life? The challenge for us is to live beyond our personal experience. There are two ways to learn, from personal experience and the experience of others. I do not have enough time to learn everything from trial and error, do you? That is why I have invited coaches into my life to help me succeed in the areas I feel are most important.

Make no mistake about it, when iron sharpens iron or a coach sharpens the coached, friction is created. My experience is that friction has a cost but it is much preferred to the cost of ignorance. I have enlisted coaches for parenting, interpersonal skills, speaking, marriage, spiritual disciplines and many other areas. I want to be a sharp and usable instrument in the hand of God … even at the cost of friction.

QUESTION: List three areas in your life that you need to enlist the help of a coach. Who do you know that you might invite into your life as a coach? When can you talk to them?