A New Model for Coaching
“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15, NIV)
Giving difficult and often unsettling feedback is an integral part of my job. Early on, I built a reputation for being “brutally honest.” I remember the first time I heard that. It really hurt as I had hoped my clients understood my level of care and concern for them.
Even now, I’m grieved whenever I must deliver piercing Spirit-led truth. I explain that giving truthful feedback is essential because growth depends on it. My goal is to not only speak the truth as God instructs me, but to speak the truth in love. In 2010, God blessed me with a new coaching model which allows the Holy Spirit to take charge of interactions with my clients. We begin by praying and inviting the Holy Spirit to lead and guide our calls and meetings for God’s purpose, glory and honor. I ask the Holy Spirit to: (1) establish the agenda (2) speak through me (3) reveal the issues that must be addressed (4) give me the words to say (5) steer the conversation as He desires (6) pray through me for my client’s breakthrough, healing, and deliverance (7) teach me how to speak the truth in love.
There are times I still feel lost and don’t know what to say, but I’ve learned to be still and cry out to God for help. With the heart of David, I ask Him to come quickly as I know I cannot do what He wants me to do without Him. I’m often surprised by the conversations and outcomes. I witness breakthroughs and deliverance at a pace that can only be explained by God’s grace and power. I’m quick to give God the credit for what happens and to thank Him for His mercy and grace.
Are you growing in Christ daily in your work and pursuing His divine calling? I encourage you to invite the Holy Spirit to take charge and to coach you. He will never lead you astray!
Lord, thank You for Your love and for the truth of Your Word. Keep me in the circle of love as I speak the truth to others at all times. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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