He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And he will be their peace.

—Micah 5:4
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How great is our God, am I right? He will stand and shepherd his flock in his strength of the Lord. While no one on this Earth has the strength of God, knowing you’re in the hands of a good leader will always put you at ease. Knowing your coach has your back  makes winning an option. In my opinion, Mike Krzyzewski is one of the greatest coaches to ever live. No just because he wins ball games, but he develops his players as men. He stands for Christian values, good morals, and sportsmanship. Mike Krzyzewski’s success is not limited to the win column. Coach K often says winning is not necessarily the most important thing. In his book he wrote in the early 2000’s he mentions that its unreasonable to make the National Championship the season definition of success. He continues to mention you can have a successful season simply by making tournament. Each group has different potential.
A coach is much like a shepherd without him the team/flock will just wander around without guidance. How much of a comfort is that for a team to know his coach has reasonable expectations. Just watching him on the bench is a site to see. Coach K does this all with composure. He rarely gets overly rowdy, but when he does he does so with purpose. He doesn’t do this to ridicule, but to make a point. He does this all at an academically oriented organization meaning not only does his team represent some of the best basketball players, but also some of the better academic players as well. In his time with Duke his teams are perennial contenders. Moving on to the second part of this and the will live securely. One of the things a coach needs to do when recruiting is ensure to the parents their child is safe. Moving on to the next portion, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. And there will be peace. As I mentioned before, no one will ever come close to the greatness of our God, but when a team has the trust of their leader they feel safe, their families feel safe, and a team can get down to business. Having a leader they can trust is crucial. If there is dysfunction in a locker room it takes away from focus. That focus could be the difference between in bounding the ball to the wide open teammate at the post or passing it to the heavily guarded one.
A good shepherd like a good coach can whether his flock through the storm. One of my favorite quotes from Coach K is,
“I believe God gave us crises for some reason — and it certainly wasn’t for us to say that everything about them is bad. A crisis can be a momentous time for a team to grow — if a leader handles it properly.”
-Mike Krzyzewski, Leading With the Heart
We need to trust in the shepherd God has placed in out lives. We are not here to do this alone, not should we try, because we all need someone. God has placed the ultimate shepherd in our lives in Jesus Christ, he is out shepherd, our lord, and out Savior. Follow him with the faith of a sheep and all will be well.
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