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Encouraging and Supporting Your Friends – A Team of Huggers

Hugging SportsmenKey Bible Verse:  Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.   Hebrews 10:24

Bonus Reading:  Acts 4:36, 11:22-24

Coach Peacock’s team had just won a state championship.  They were celebrating in the locker room, and Coach was hugging his players right and left.

As the congratulations continued, the coach noticed one player in particular sitting alone on a bench, watching him.  Coach Peacock knew that the young man’s parents were divorced and also that his dad was an alcoholic who never attended any of his son’s games.  So he walked over to the player and asked if he was okay.  The young man responded, “Yes, Coach, but I was just wondering … could I have another hug?”

The experience was a milestone in Coach’s life, leading him on a campaign to become a “team of huggers.”  Starting with the coaching staff, Coach Peacock wouldn’t settle for a wimpy hug.  It had to be a “bear hug.”  Soon, the coaches began sharing hugs with their players.

Most of us would agree that hugs encourage us and remind us that someone cares about us.  Of course, there are many ways to encourage others.  Hebrews 10:24 says that we are to consider how to stimulate and encourage one another to good deeds.

Let’s consider all the ways that we might encourage our fellow coaches, teachers, players, family members, and neighbors.

—Bill Burnett in Heart of a Coach


My Response: How do I feel about hugging my guy friends? Why do I feel this way?


Thought to Apply: There are high spots in all of our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement from someone else.—George M. Adams (writer)

Adapted from Heart of a Coach (Regal, 2005)



Prayer for the Week:  Dear Father, show me how to best encourage and challenge my friends to deeper faith; show me how to support them during their struggles.




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