How often do we take the time to think about why we do what we do. I had a student today ask me why I am the way I am. It's not a new question for me at all. I'm asked similar questions all the time by students, other staff, friends, even close friends for various reasons. My friends often want to know why I'm so rigid about waking up early 7 days a week. Students often want to know why I talk about Jesus, why I eat healthy, why I work out, maybe why I act goofy, why I wear my keys around my neck etc.

In years past I could have cared less about why I did specific behaviors, but in the past 3 years I've began to really evaluate the why's in my life. Why do I get up early? Why do I wear this instead of that? Why do I choose to eat healthy? Why do I choose to be extremely disciplined in certain areas and relaxed in others? Why do some things hurt and offend me and other things I can shake off easily? Why do some things upset me and other things not even phase me? I like to know why I do things so that with the help of the Holy Spirit I can see if I'm doing things with purpose.

Today I had two students come at different times and tell me about a girl in my athletic program. What did they have to tell me about this girl? One said "Coach Tate, _______ was telling me about Jesus today and how I need to let Him into my heart and get saved." Another came and told me "Coach Tate, ________ was singing about Jesus and talking about Jesus in our class"

Words can't describe the excitement that overcame me as these students told me these stories! Why do I teach/coach? Today I got an answer. I do it because I want to see young people fall in love with Jesus Christ and be so filled with Him that they share it with those around them. One of my athletes feels the same way.

My last blog was about encouragement and encouragement can come in the most random places. I've needed encouragement this past week and God has been faithful to encourage me in so many ways, but nothing can touch an exhorter's heart like watching those you pour into live out what you've been trying to teach them.

Be Blessed,

J. Tate