Many people in the world, including Christians, struggle with what is their purpose in life. People often ask themselves or their pastors this question. The difficulty in discovering the goal of life can have further harmful effects on many people. We can say feeling worthless or feeling empty without direction and purpose in this life.
Maybe we have experienced that feeling too. Honestly, I used to have the same thoughts as many people. Gratefully I have parents who prayed for me. My parents were also diligent in teaching the Word of God and always took me to Sunday school and youth services at our church. I am grateful because I had precious experiences and moments with the youth group ministers at our church when I was a teenager. They were very dedicated and diligent in dealing with teenagers and competent in encouraging teenagers who struggle with identity and the meaning of life.
My parents and church ministers helped me to manage and get through the turmoil of adolescence. Through them, I had appropriate and sufficient support and guidance. They taught and introduced me to Jesus Christ verbally and through their actions and examples. I knew and felt what they did base on the love of God. The most important thing I received from them is that I am precious before God. I also learned from them that God created me with a noble purpose. A life to glorify God and be a blessing to many people in everything I do in the present and the future. That was what they always emphasized to me. Their persistence to pray for and guide me during my adolescence as if they saw something precious in me.
Reading Camacho’s book turns my memory back to my childhood and youth. The teaching and treatment from my parent and youth group servants looked similar in some ways to what Camacho wrote in his book. For me, it was like Coaching Leadership in Camacho’s term. Regarding my current existence as a church minister, my parent, and the church youth group teacher have a significant role in it through their perseverance in prayer and teaching. They managed to help me reveal my talents and potential. According to Camacho, in Coaching Leadership, we don’t bear the weight of someone’s growth. We simply draw out what’s inside them. We don’t own their outcomes or manage their behavior. We empower them. We permit them to be themselves and use their gifts. (Camacho, 28).
Everything begins in God and with God. It was a principal I saw and observed from my parents and youth group teachers at our church. I saw and experienced how my parents always invited their children to pray and read the Bible every morning. I also saw how the youth group teachers at our church always thoroughly prepared for their ministry, especially in teaching the Word of God. They usually had a quiet time for this and to pray for the smooth running of the service and for the youth they serve. It resonates with Camacho: To thrive we must begin with God (Camacho, 32). From Camacho’s experiences and encounters with Logan, he then wrote that “Coaching is the process of coming alongside a person or team to help them discover God’s agenda for their life and ministry and then cooperating with the Holy Spirit to see that agenda become a reality” (Camacho, 32).
What I experienced in my youth through the great people God presented to me, helped me to find what is called Camacho with clarity. Clarity is an important element for someone who is growing to discover and experience it. Camacho writes that Clarity changes everything. With clarity, we can see the larger story. When we get clarity around our Christ-centred identity, thriving is the natural result (Camacho, 41). By finding clarity, we will comprehend our identity, and who we are before God. Camacho said we learn that God has placed his righteous nature inside us, and now we are right with him because of what Jesus has done for us. We discover we are not on the outside, rejected by God. We are loved sons and daughters with an inheritance of riches from our Father. We can then stop focusing on all our problems and focus instead on all the promises God has given us in his Word (Camacho, 42).
I am grateful to encounter Camacho through his very enlightening writing. As a servant in the church, I am called and motivated to help the congregation I serve to find gold within themselves and lead them to know God who owns their lives. I am called to serve them and help them find their sweet spot so they can grow and bear fruit for the glory of God’s name. I do this because I love them. And that means like what Camacho mentioned, “I have to do Coaching Leadership that is based on divine love because Coaching Leadership is a life of a loving relationship. To be a Christian leader is to relate to others in a particular way. We don’t use people to pursue a goal; we love people as God is working his goals in them” (Camacho, 117). I am blessed to be a blessing. God has called me to thrive and to thrive the others.