Good News Over Good Advice

The Good News

As a coach, I’m not in the business of giving advice.  I’m in the business of asking questions to help you find the answers. 

When I wear my consultant hat, I do offer advice.  But it’s advice that we’ve come to together.  My hope is that it is seasoned with plenty of wisdom and that you’ll know it’s coming from a place where more than anything, I want to see you and your family ready to thrive. 

But here’s the thing, and this may sound like a funny thing to say for a guy who makes his living helping you discover good advice and occasionally offering some of his own; at its core, I do not believe that good advice is enough.  

You see, we can get better at a lot of things.  And it is almost always a good thing to get better.  It can show wisdom. It can show growth.  It can show honor for how you were made and respect for all that you have been given.  

Good advice can give you new ideas on how to do things or get to the places that you’ve always dreamed of being.  I love playing the part of a guide for you while you are on that journey. 

But, despite all of this.  I don’t believe it is enough.  It can help.  And probably will help.  But I’m not sure you’ll ever be fully satisfied if your life is built only on good advice. 

What is this Good News?  It is despite the fact that your best efforts are never going to be enough.  Despite the fact that you can work hard at getting better every day of your life.   Despite the fact that you are feeling lost, broken, or weak, if you are found in Christ, you are enough.

His efforts on your behalf can help you to be found.  Help you to feel healed and whole.  Help you to be enough.  

Take a minute to think about this Saint Augustine quote that has rattled around in my brain since I first heard it a couple of decades ago.  “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” 

You belong to the Lord.  

If you do not acknowledge this, there will always be a degree of restlessness that will leave you searching for more but never finding it.  

The efforts that you make on your own can make you better in many ways.  But they can’t make you new.  Becoming new is the promise of the gospel. (2 Cor 5:17, Col 3:9, Ez 36:26, Jer 31:33, Heb 8:10).  

And brother, becoming new is exactly what you need.  But you just don’t need it once.  You need it every day.  You will forget this.  Your human nature and the ways of this world will work to help you forget this.  So remind yourself as frequently as you can.   

When this becomes your identity, all those other things that you want so badly can also come too.  He’s strong where you are weak.  He generously offers wisdom.  He leaves you with peace beyond your understanding.  

And with these things as your foundation, good advice starts to make a whole lot more sense.  

All your good efforts and work cannot get you where you want to go.  But once you are there, your good works are exactly the point.  You can be a good husband.  A good father.  A good neighbor.  

And that’s what you want to be, right?  That’s why you are here.  You know that you were meant for so much better than you are seeing right now.  It all starts with listening to some really Good News.  Again, and again, and again.

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Hi, I’m Kyle.

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