Where has this week gone? So many positive things have happened in the first few days of the new year that I envision this to be an exceptional year of miracles.
Two days the temperature has been above normal and I’ve been able to take my bicycle rides around the neighborhood. I crave exercise! Bicycle riding is basically the exercise I can do. No wonder I’m so happy!
Another very positive thing happened on Monday. One of my “kids” from my Sunday school back in the sixties called from Peru. He’s been having problems in his marriage because his wife was seeing somebody else. How we have prayed for this situation!
The marriage is on the mending! But the day after Christmas my “boy” was arrested and taken to jail. There was a pending charge from his wife. But it turned out good! The night he spent in jail he had the opportunity to pray the sinner’s prayer with another man that was in the cell. And the next day his wife dropped the charges and came to get him out.
We talked long. He’s been down a very rough road but in the midst of it all he has grown much closer to the Lord. That’s what happens when we let our troubles work for our good!
I’m all “coached” up! I’ve been translating and editing a project on coaching, not coaching for sports or business, but coaching for life. Now I should be able to “coach” even in my sleep! The word used for coaching in Spanish has a much deeper meaning than the English.
I’ve found it interesting that some 40+ years ago I wrote in a book for Christian Education teachers: “Many children have HEARD the Gospel, some have been TAUGHT, but very few have been TRAINED (“entrenados”—the word used for coaching)… Don’t settle with just being a teacher. Be a coach/trainer!”
“Coaching is the “in” thing now! I was aware of the importance of coaching as a young missionary in Peru. Of course, I didn’t know all the techniques I’ve learned through my latest translation and editing job. But I did it as best I could. And the “boy” who called me on Monday is one of my trainees. Praise God for the grace he gives us to be at his service.
That is in a nut-shell what has made me happy this week. The next few days are going to be hard work to finish my “coaching” project. I still have some heavy articles to tackle. One thing I like to do is keep the dead-lines.
How has your first week of 2012 been?