He sees what can be


Coach Neos today with his wife, Bethany -- that certain pair of eyes. He now pastors in Hesperia, California.

Coach Neos today with his wife, Bethany — that certain pair of eyes. He now pastors in Hesperia, California.

Twice the lowly Lighthouse was runner-up in eight man football in California championship. With a student population of 50, that’s spectacular.

With his typical one-day stubble, just out of GQ.

With his typical one-day stubble, just out of GQ.

Those heady heights were owed to an extraordinary coach, George Neos, who served as principal of the high school for many years. Not only was Neos a Dartmouth football champion, he was well on his way to becoming a college coach. God interrupted his career launch and brought him to the Lighthouse Christian Academy of Santa Monica, California. Neos came to teach football and for a certain pair of brown eyes.

The hulking coach had a knack for seeing every milligram of potential in a player. He coached nuances to perfection so that kids produced stellar output. Neos never saw a kid as chubby, lazy, or out of shape. He saw what a kid could become, and he worked relentlessly towards that goal.

Tex Hagoski on this year's team.

Tex Hagoski on this year’s team.

When God looks at you, he doesn’t see your flops and your flabbiness. He sees your future fabulousness. God sees a finished product. And He’s willing to work with all your failures and flailings to machine out the ideal Christian leader.

If you are a Christian leader, you can’t get stuck in the present. You’ve got to see ahead, what can become of the sheep God has brought under your care. Prayer is believing in the future and striving for it.

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16 responses to “He sees what can be

  1. Great post on the importance of Vision. We have to be open to God’s leading– so open that we alloy HIS vision to invade OUR hearts. Touching story!

  2. Wow, this is great for me to remember when it comes to my kids, too: “You’ve got to see ahead, what can become of the sheep God has brought under your care.”
    Thank you for this.

  3. I praise God for interrupting me also!

  4. He has been teaching me some huge lessons this week. I’m open and ready, but He sure has a way of getting my attention to do it.

  5. Thank you for encouraging us today! You are good at it, like God is good at interrupting us. 🙂 God bless you!

  6. Thank-you for your inspiring chat.

  7. Amen.

  8. refusingtopanic

    Ah! Appreciate the encouragement and Coach Neos inspiring example. Thank God He doesn’t see us as we are but as He created us to be!
    Blessings!

  9. Awesome post! I love that someone is able to see the potential in kids.

    Just posted, “The World Needs Jesus, Man”

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