Coach's Corner

This is a guest post by Laurie Bolton. You can find more of her posts on her church’s blog, and you can follow her on Twitter.


I was leaving the gym the other day and told my friend to have a nice day as I passed her on my way out of the locker room.

Her response wasn’t the typical, “You too.”

No, her response was “Thanks. I’m gonna!”

I’m gonna!”

That was the response I got. And I liked that response! It stuck with me all day. The “I’m gonna!” mentality, confessing “I’m gonna!” have a good day before the day has gotten underway. Nancy had no idea what the day held. Actually, we did know the day held rain in the forecast, as did the whole week, as we had already discussed that in our few minutes together. But she still chose to say “I’m gonna!”

What a great attitude! In fact, Nancy’s response put a skip in my step as I walked out to my car. Her response encouraged me. Her “I’m gonna!” response inspired and challenged me. She had already made the decision that the day was going to be a good day. She had determined in her mind that such would be the case.

And I like that. I want to be like that.

The power of positive thinking and positive confession sure goes a long way. Now I have no idea how Nancy’s day truly turned out. But my guess would be it was a great day, because even if things didn’t go the best, she has the sort of thinking and determination that wouldn’t let a circumstance get her down. Her “I’m gonna!”response had already determined it was going to be a good day. And it shows she’s not the sort of person that views the cup as half empty. There’s no victim, woe is me, life sucks attitude in Nancy.

There’s a lot to be said about that “I’m gonna!” response.

Determining ahead of time.

Focusing on the positive, not the negative.

Confessing life, not death.

What a great way to walk thru life. Take it a step farther as a Christian and confess the Word of God over your life. Remind yourself of His promises for you. Then move on with a good, even a great, day!

I know “I’m gonna!”


Laurie serves is a part of the Elim Fellowship Youth Committee Team; is a director for Camp Shiloh’s summer youth camps; helped start a mentoring program in a local public high school; has taught abstinence courses in several local public schools; coached 3 different sports on the high school level for 10 years; guest teaches for Elim Bible Institute’s youth ministry tract; and is called upon regularly to preach at both adult and youth gatherings.

Laurie and her husband James live in Rochester and hold on to the hopes of the Buffalo Bills returning to the Super Bowl someday! Laurie is a big fan of coffee, Rice Krispies treats, working out and best of all, being an aunt.