It’s easy to feel lost in life, even for Christians. Our technology-driven world has us on a course of “faster, faster” “harder, harder.” We have bosses to please, families to accommodate, jobs—professionally and at home—that need to be done … the list is endless!
In the hustle and bustle of life, we can easily lose sight of the fact that God has a unique plan and purpose for our lives—his perfect and pleasing will (Romans 12:2). But what is his will? How do we know we are on the path he’s chosen for us? And who can truly help us figure this all out? While the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is our teacher (John 14:26), we know that God works through people as well. And helping people is the hallmark of a Christian Life Coach. Here are 10 reasons why choosing a Christian life coach could be the right decision for you.
“In the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14) Proverbs tells us. Life coaches feel called to be “safe havens” for others. We offer more than just a listening ear. We provide a place of peace where you can truly be you. When you feel safe, you feel free to say what’s on your heart and explore the depths of your thoughts.
Most life coaches who are Christian hold themselves to a higher standard because they feel life coaching is a calling rather than a vocation. As well, they understand the importance of being fully trained and equipped by a professional organization, such as the ICF, International Coach Federation.
Christian coaches do not have their own agenda in mind; they only have your agenda. The path God has chosen for you is in you (Romans 11:29). Your coach listens to your heart, hears what you are saying, and helps you fill in the gaps between where you are currently, and where you feel God is leading you.
While all life coaches should be fully trained, Christian coaches have a greater source to draw from: the Holy Spirit. When a coach is Holy Spirit led, he or she functions in the gifts of discernment and wisdom.
Coaches understand that your personal growth is key success. Throughout your Christian coaching process, you develop greater Christ-like character by as you see God’s plans and purposes unfold, leading to a deeper dependence on him.
Stay on Track
Coaches help you draw out solutions and strategies that work best for you. They help you stay on track during each session, so that you fully benefit from your time together.
Know the Difference
Coaches understand they are not mentoring, counseling, or consulting, all of which focus on outward issues. Instead they focus on what is inside of you. As Proverbs 20:5 says, “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” Because we all have blind spots, a coach will help you see what you don’t see so you can decide what steps or direction to take.
Christian coach are experts at helping create positive change in your life. You may have a goal to make changes in your relationship with a relationship, managing your time, work-life balance, reducing stress, simplifying your life, or developing a healthy lifestyle. Or you might be focused on leadership development, a promotion at work, or starting a business. Your coach will help you see things from God’s perspective so you can align your life in a biblically-based direction.
Whenever we feel stuck in one of life’s ruts, we lose our zest for life. But when we have a plan and direction, we feel motivated and feel like we can “live life again.” Your coach will help you do just that—live! As you gain different perspectives and insights, life will take on new meaning. As Proverbs 13:12 tells us, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
You and God
The greatest way you’ll benefit from having a Christian life coach is the increase in your depth of relationship with God. You’ll see him through a “different eyes”; you’ll draw closer to him; you’ll see your life in a different light. Best of all, you’ll fall deeper in love with God, the same one who formed you and created you, (Psalm 139:13).