Get Off The Couch

So, there we sit, watching the game.  Arguing with calls made, shouting instructions to players, disagreeing with the coach.  Coke in one hand, chips in the other, sitting on our couch, walled in by things that make us comfortable and safe.  We do it watching the game, we do it watching people, we do it evaluating decisions other people make, we do it with life.  we sit on the couch and coach.

The greatest coach who ever lived said to a couple of “couch-coaches” on day, “follow me”.

Two simple words that can change your life forever.  Translated into our form of language it means:

“Get off the couch and get into the game.”

“Quit being a spectator and start being a participant.”

“Don’t just sit and criticize, do something.”

“Let’s help them make life better.”

“Do what I do.  Make a difference.”

Let me give you 5 tips to making a real difference in “coaching” someone else:

1.  Invest in someones life.  Spend time with them. Get to know them.  Listen to them.

2. Learn the power of positive reinforcement.  Say something positive every time you think of something negative.

3. Don’t tell them what to do, show them, help them think it through.  Let it be their idea.

4. Accept them as they are, not as you want them to be.

5. Realize that you are in a “partnership”.  Success belongs to both of you.


Dr. Ron Cline helps build the body of Christ around the world. His background as a pastor, educator, counselor, missionary and author gives him credibility and rapport with the many groups and individuals he and his wife, Barbara, minister to in various countries each year. After 7 years of pastoral ministry in Southern California, and ten years as the Dean at Azusa Pacific University, the Clines’ international service began in 1976 as a short-term opportunity when he agreed to pastor the English Fellowship Church in Quito, Ecuador for two years. Those two years stretched into six years. Following that he served as the president of HCJB World Radio, also in Ecuador, for 20 years. HCJB Global, now Reach Beyond, has media, health care, community and/or leadership development ministries in Latin America, Europe, Russia, North Africa/Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia Pacific. Ron and Barb currently serve as Global Ambassadors with Reach Beyond and live in Southern California after living 30 years abroad. They travel from Southern California throughout the world. For the last ten years they have been encouraging, coaching and working with leaders in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, Mongolia, India, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Solomon Islands, Western Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji, America Samoa, Australia, New Zealand, Central Asia, USA, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Ecuador, Russia, Malawi, Ivory Coast and South Africa.

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