by Barry Jorris/ September 30, 2016
JBQ is the best program I know of that will help us train up mighty men and women for God. While reading the Psalms, this verse jumped off the page at me:
Help, Lord, for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race (Psalm 12:1, NIV).
As I look at what David wrote, I think about how in David’s time, they had unfaithfulness and people not doing good and not making right choices. However, in that very same setting we see David rise up and do great and mighty things for the Lord. We see a listing of David's mighty men in 1 Chronicles 11. How did David do that? Did he have JBQ back then? No, but I think we can learn some tips from David on how to train up faithful people through JBQ.
First, David spent a lot of time with the men around him. The investment of time is an important key to having coaches and parents who are involved in helping with JBQ. I encourage you to spend time with them. Hear how they are doing. Pay attention to their gifts as they are serving, and offer helpful suggestions on how they can continue to grow and improve. I am convinced that David’s men learned as they watched how David fought in war and how he treated those around him, then they followed and did as he did.
Second, David’s example encourages us to meditate on Scripture. Sometimes in JBQ we can get lost in the memorizing of facts, and we forget to let the Word do what it wants to in our lives. Challenge your coaches to let Scripture be a part of them. If you have a coach that has a tendency to get upset when something during training or competition does not go their way, ask them to think on some verses that deal with self-control. Then talk with him or her about that, and let Scripture teach them. Maybe the area of growth is in patience with a child. Have them think through the Fruit of the Spirit, and ask them to meditate on the fruit of patience.
David encourages us to love the Word of God. Psalms 119 is all about that. Encourage coaches and parents to show kids how to love the Word. Make it come alive and show them it is fun. Our desire is that long after children have memorized facts in JBQ, they continue to have a desire to be in the Word of God. Help them see how it will be relevant to them all of their lives.
Third, learn from David’s example of moving past mistakes. David made mistakes. He repented. Those around him were able to learn from his example of repenting and turning to the Lord. Encourage your coaches and parents to let the kids hear them say, “I am sorry. I made a mistake.” If a coach is acting in anger during a JBQ competition, he/she could say, “I am sorry. I let anger come out in my actions and words during that match, and that was wrong. Will you forgive me?” If we want kids to learn to say, “I’m sorry,” then we must say it and show them that we are a work in progress too.
Fourth, David let his love for God be evident to all. He was always praising God and letting the love of the Lord flow out of him. Let's model that. Kids need to see JBQ coaches as parents that want them to do well, to be people that truly love God and others. They will see this as we demonstrate it to them.
Tony Dungy, coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Super Bowl Champions, wanted to win but was more interested in his players succeeding in life after football. We need to be that way with JBQ. The real win will be 10 or 20 years from now, when we see the children we coached or parented doing awesome things for God. Let's raise up some faithful men and women for God!
“These were the chiefs of David's mighty warriors—they, together with all Israel, gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the Lord had promised” (1 Chronicles 11:10, NIV).