Former Washington Redskin Coach Joe Gibbs won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks. His 16-5 playoff record is second only to Vince Lombardi's. Eight times in twelve seasons he led the Redskins to the playoffs. He recently attended his first Redskin game since retiring in 1993 to become a NASCAR team owner.
He was asked to name his most memorable moment as an NFL coach. One could easily imagine that memory might be a Doug Williams or Joe Theisman playoff touchdown pass, or the Super Bowl game-winning 43 yard touchdown run by John Riggins. Instead the Hall of Fame coach mentioned linebacker Larry Kubin and one practice.
Gibbs said, "What you miss most are the personalities and the struggles, things most people wouldn't think about, like practice. I can still remember Larry hitting John Riggins in practice. Nobody hit John in practice and Larry knocked his helmet off. All the players picked Larry up, put him on their shoulders and carried him off the practice field that day. I thought that was one of the greatest things that ever happened to me in coaching. There are a lot of little things like that you carry with you."
Isn't that fascinating? A coach would treasure a moment of a private team practice with no one else watching. No stadium-filled frenzy of cheering fans. No ESPN crew to show the world that night. The coach treasures his team practicing football together while no one else was watching.
I imagine that heaven may one day surprise us in the same way. Maybe you will ask God to remember a moment in your life that He truly treasures in His heart. Maybe it will be a moment you wouldn't expect at all. Maybe it will be a very private act of faith. Maybe it will be a simple act of kindness that no one else even knew about. Maybe it will be a moment you kept your mouth closed rather than trash-talked on the playing field. Maybe it will be the time you forgave the person who hurt you the most. Maybe it will be the cup of water you shared with a thirsty person. Maybe it will be a simple intimate moment of worship that you had with God.
The Bible says, "Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6:1-4
Your "Coach" in Heaven treasures when you practice your faith while no one else is watching. Don't miss the next opportunity to please your Heavenly Father. A little act of faith may be a moment Jesus Christ holds in his heart for all of eternity.