People have needs. You have needs. I have needs. We all have needs.
So what’s a person to do?
In Bridges Coaching we talk about *The Always Circle where
- There’s Always going to be stuff.
- God Always offers a plan. and
- We Always make choices.
When people have needs – it’s just stuff. The problem comes when we don’t know what to do about or where to go with our stuff. But take heart – there is hope! God wants to meet us there and walk with us through.
Here’s the skinny. If God is really who He says He is then we can be sure that He cares about each of us personally, is powerful enough to do something and wise enough to have a plan!
(I mean consider the opposite of those statements… that He doesn’t really care, has no answers or is not powerful enough to help out. It’s just not possible!)
Let’s talk about the aforementioned stuff. There are really only two kinds – imposed and chosen.
The first is imposed on us. Circumstances swirl around us and we are affected by things that are not our choice.
The second is different. It is our choice. When we come to a place of contentment and peace having received healing, or dealing with our unfortunate circumstances then the “stuff” in the Always Circle becomes something we choose. We pursue a dream and decide to make an idea into a goal. We fight becoming stuck or stagnant by choosing to move forward thereby allowing God to be the hero in our story once again.
The Coaching Culture highlights this concept forwarding the idea that God always offers a plan! He wants to help you deal with your imposed stuff and then to move on to choose stuff to move toward!
When we stand on this premise, coaching becomes a place of curiosity where we are simply on the hunt for what God is doing in a particular situation.
Coaching is like love. You know the verses.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures.
Read it again but insert Coaching in the place of love.
This gives me so much hope personally. I have some business decisions that need to happen and I am really in over my head BUT I know that God is guiding me. I may not do everything the best way the first time but I am refusing to get stagnant. I will not give in to the status quo. I choose to lean into turning a new dream into a goal and eventually a reality!
- What kind of stuff are you dealing with right now – imposed or chosen?
- What part of the Always Circle do you need to lean into?
- Who around you can you help move forward?
Next time you, or someone in your life, is in a pickle or wanting to move forward remember God always offers a plan and love and coaching are really the same thing.
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