My friend,Tasha, who is coaching for a few weeks me for my bodybuilding competition, has her own set of coaches. She surrounds herself with others in her field of study who have insights from which she can glean. She is not content with the wealth of knowledge that she has already acquired over years of training–she wants to keep bettering herself and her skills. Learning never stops. We all can get better at our craft every day by submitting ourselves to the leadership of others and soaking up their knowledge.
Unlike any time in history, our culture has a deluge of information, resources and research at our fingertips. Not only that, we are more mobile than ever, and we can come face-to-face with experts in any field of study. In all honesty, we have no excuse to better ourselves every day. If our busyness prevents us from learning, we can either limit the time we spend in passive entertainment (television, Facebook, going out to eat, etc.) or we can cut stuff out of our pressing schedule. Yes, it will be a sacrifice, but it will be worth it. I remember as a mom of three young kids, I had to write late into the night because I had no other time alone.
“Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more” (Proverbs 9:9 NLT).
With all this being said, I would like mention one Coach who has ALL the knowledge of the world in Him. The Holy Spirit is our access to life, truth and wisdom, and as Christians, He is dwelling in us! I remember as I began my journey as a writer, I desperately wanted to read every book written about the art of writing. However, the Holy Spirit stopped me. He said, “Focus on me, and I will bring you everything you need to be a good writer.” And I began what I call my homeschooling experience with God, which still continues today!
The Holy Spirit brought to me a wealth of information. He set Dr. Carson’s book, Healing Hands, on a table labeled, “Light Summer Reading.” The book was obviously out of place amongst the beached themed romance novels. He nudged me to read John Bevere’s the Bait of Satan while I was scanning Bible studies. And God placed an image in my mind of a large dark blue and purple book and told me to go to the local Christian book store. I scanned the book store and finally gave up looking, believing that I was simply imagining things. On the last table on my way out, I suddenly saw Rick Renner’s Sparkling Gems from the Greek. It was the exact image that God had given me!
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 5.1 ESV).
What do these books have to do with writing? Everything! How can I write the heart of God unless I know His heart? These books and many more like them deepened my understanding of God, which in turn deepened my intimacy with Him. My writing skills would develop naturally as I continued to write; however, I needed to seek God in order to gain wisdom. It doesn’t matter how beautiful my words sound; if they are absence of God’s heart, they will have no eternal value.
During this the time, the Holy Spirit also began developing my writing skills–teaching me to listen for His Great Editorial Voice. Any time I would write a truth out of a heart of criticism or judgment, He would tell me to erase everything that I had just written. After wasting hundreds of hours erasing the work I had so painstakingly typed out, I began to learn to write in humility and love (1 Corinthians 16.14). Now I lean so heavily on the Holy Spirit that I won’t write without His presence and authority. I’ve learned that it’s better to rely on the Holy Spirit each step of the way rather than risk having to start all over.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14.16-17 ESV).
God will use the people, resources and moments in our lives to shape us into the masterpiece that He has envisioned for us (Ephesians 2.10). We don’t have to worry about trying to pick out our own curriculum–God will bring us into contact with everything we need to succeed for HIs glory. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor, our Guide, our Teacher and our Coach. He will “guide us into all truth” (John 16.13). We can freely submit ourselves to the instruction of the Holy Spirit, knowing that He will equip us to do everything He has planned for our lives. He is the Coach of all coaches, and His authority and knowledge have been established before time began. The most wonderful truth is that we have complete and total access to Him at any time–we need only to submit ourselves to His leadership!
“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13.20-21 NIV).