Put me in Coach...

Put me in Coach...

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I have no idea why this sports analogy popped into my head. Maybe it's because the NFL Draft is going on, but then again, maybe not. If I can be honest (and I can be... this is my blog after all), I became very disinterested in sports when I was laid off from a major sports organization. It's like all those mornings of watching Sports Center before class in undergrad, the mornings of making the trek to an internship in a whole 'nother state on the bus through rain, sleet & snow were all watched and done in vain. Even both of my degrees (BS-Sport Management and MS- Sports Business) were seemingly nullified. But wait, none of this has anything to do with my post. Or maybe it does...

As it relates to my career and even in some aspects of my personal life, I feel like I've been "benched." I've been so focused on the fact that I was benched that I forgot there was still a game going on and while I might not be on the field or court, being on the sideline is just as important. I can honestly say I've learned how to appreciate the "sidelines" of life. To realize that I may not always be a starter or in the actual game, but it doesn't mean I can't make an impact. I mean, this is still MY life.

Maybe you can identify with some of my sideline experiences: being laid-off from what you thought was your dream job, being single (and celibate) in your 30s (basically a unicorn... we'll talk more in depth about this in another post), working a non-traditional job where you're kind of your own boss - but not really (it's complicated). Being on the sideline sometimes feels like I might as well be in the stands or not watching the game at all. It's like being in a holding pattern, where no matter what decisions you make or try to make, you feel stuck. Like, every attempt to move forward either fails or is derailed and going back just isn't an option.

If I've learned anything from these experiences, it's that players on the sideline are still a part of the team and I believe God has placed us there for a reason. Just like a real sports team, players are benched for different reasons, reasons that aren't always obvious or appreciated by the players or fans. But if we trust that God is the Head Coach of our lives, we have to trust His knowledge, expertise and decision making.

Maybe the sideline is good for us... or better yet, maybe it's what's best for the team. We can sit on the sideline and mope about being there while drinking up the Gatorade or we can keep our heads in the game by being attentive to what's happening so that when it's time for us to get back in... if it's a few plays or even a few games down the road, we're ready. I'll continue to say, "Put me in Coach,"(that's my little prayer) ...but until it happens, I'm going to prepare and stay ready, so I don't have to get ready when the time finally comes.

The "B" Word

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