I pondered this thought the other day as I was debating whether to work out. My mind went through all the reasons why I did not need to work out that day. I know all the right arguments for being proactive and working out and I also know all the arguments for skipping the workout. I also know the process of “productive procrastination.”

My husband and I just returned from a trip to Houston, Texas. It has been about five in a half months since the hurricane, named Harvey, flew through the town and dumped 52 inches of water in a 24-hour period. We found the people we spent time with still wanted to process their losses and their exposure to such a devastating calamity.

As I have been studying the heart and living with my own heart I realize that the heart is complicated and mysterious. According to the “Dashboard” dictionary, it states that “the heart is regarded as the center of a person’s thoughts and emotions.” It is not just a muscle in the middle of our body that pumps blood throughout our system and sustains our lives. The emotional heart has many layers that have been built up over the years. Jeremiah 17:9 points out that the “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”

These past few weeks I have enjoyed our Christian Life Coaching classes. I have enjoyed reading Gary R. Collins's book. I have enjoyed the interaction with my “buddy” Laurie Pittman. I have also been enlightened by the different tests we have taken... The Christian Life Profile Assessment, our personality test - DISC, and our Spiritual Gifts test.

My initial thought about my personal discovery is that I am wired to Coach. I reread the “Marks of a Great Coach” and I am reaffirmed that God has designed me to Coach. The four marks of a great coach are:

I have two German Shepherds. One, named Rufio, is almost 10 years old. The other dog, named Archer, is 2 1/2 years old. When we picked Rufio out of the liter he was the alpha and that means he was in charge of all the other puppies. He was the biggest and the strongest personality. Archer, on the other hand, was the smallest of the liter and he just wanted to play and have a good time. The breeders called him the “Instigator.”