You might have seen this picture floating around in social media streams. The picture is of a poster (probably in a locker room) that is appropriate to share here and draw some applications:
Hard Coaching = Love
When a coach takes it easy on you, they ’re setting you up for a hard life ahead.
Don ’t take the coach for granted that ’s constantly holding you accountable.
They might seem annoying to you in the moment, until one day when you ’re annoyed with the life you have.
Most coaches aren ’t out to “get you,” they ’re out to “get you” to where you want to be one day.
There ’s a reason your coach is on you about being early, staying late, studying, doing extra, taking care of your body, and being a good person.
It ’s because your coach loves you. They can see what you could be one day.
And if you can ’t see that hard coaching is love…you ’re blind.
After reflecting on this, compare this with what Paul told the young evangelist, Timothy about his work as a gospel preacher:
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. – 2 Timothy 4:1 – 5
Remember that in “hard preaching,” the preacher is not your enemy —but rather, one who is conditioning you to be, recognize, and hold to godliness in all its forms.