The lovefest for Tom Brady probably won’t calm down anytime soon, as most people are now declaring him the greatest quarterback of all time. He’s receiving respect and acknowledgment from current and former players…and most of the media. 

We know he gets credit for his passing ability, leadership, hunger, work ethic, and incredible accomplishments. But one characteristic I find very admirable is Brady’s “coachability.” Colin Cowherd on Fox Sports 1 used this term when describing one of the crucial components of Brady’s greatness.

You would think a player of his stature would “have all the answers” or at least think he did, but all indications are Brady is eager to improve, learn, grow, and listen to his coaches. He’s willing to submit to the authority and instruction of Bill Belichick, and is just like the other players when it comes to being coached up and held accountable.

To see that Brady is playing as well as he’s ever played at almost 40 is amazing. However, he’s been willing to change and adapt, and learn how to improve on and off the field to be at peak performance.

There’s a lot of truth that a key difference between good and great athletes is having a great coach, but more importantly athletes must be coachable. This principle is crucial in sports, and evident in Brady’s career, but I believe it’s just as valuable in our own lives.

Whether receiving instruction or constructive criticism from a boss, teacher, mentor, coach, pastor, parent, or a friend, we can grow and improve if we’re actually “coachable.” But it’s detrimental when we think we have all of the answers and are never willing to submit to the wisdom and the knowledge of others.

When growing in our faith, we should be extremely passionate about having a “coachable” spirit and learning from those who have been following Jesus closely and consistently. It’s worthwhile to place ourselves under solid leaders who can help guide us and speak wisdom into our lives. This requires a deep level of humility and hunger, and also an acknowledgement that we don’t know everything.

The best instruction is rooted in Biblical teaching and should encourage us in the area of “coachability.” The following three verses explain the importance of acquiring knowledge and seeking wisdom:

Proverbs 1:7 (ESV) – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 9:9 (ESV) – “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”

Proverbs 18:15 (ESV) – “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”

Even in Brady’s 7th Super Bowl, he leaned on his coaches and learned from them. It’s no surprise that he’s lasted this long at the elite level he’s played.

Today, let’s be encouraged that we’re never too old or accomplished to embrace the knowledge and wisdom that’s available from others. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please give me a humble and coachable spirit so that I can continue to grow as a follower of Jesus, a husband, father, and friend. Please give me a heart that desires knowledge and wisdom rooted in You, and given by leaders You speak through. Help me to listen to You clearly, and thank you for being my ultimate coach. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.