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When asked “Who is someone that impacted you as a child?”, many people will quickly say the name of a favorite teacher or coach from their childhood. Football coach Dino Babers is one such figure in the eyes of the 150 young men whom he coaches every week. He knows how important his role is in their lives and makes it his mission to leave an impression on each one, glorifying Christ through his example and opening the door to conversations about the Gospel:
Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they might see your good works and give gory to your Father who is in heaven.” Though this is true for all Christians in every walk of life, role models have an especially good opportunity to shine the light of Christ into the lives of young people! Just as we are to model ourselves after our Lord Jesus, so too will these young ones see us and take notice. As Dino reminds us, you never know when your good impression will open the doors of their hearts to Christ!