The Finish Line

Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you might obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. - 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (ESV) All...

The Appointed

I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more,  nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 23:4 (ESV) Some of the most influential people in my life have been coaches. It was a coach who instilled...

Day By Day

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. – Psalm 68:19 (ESV) There are no shortcuts in the arena of sports. Coaches and athletes learn quickly that coupling high expectations with a lack of daily effort is a recipe for failure. One of the...

It’s Not About Me

He must increase, but I must decrease. – John 3:30 (ESV) Team should always take priority over the individual. For coaches, that concept is more difficult to teach than ever before. Over the past two decades, we have witnessed the sharp decline of the sacrifice bunt...

Warriors

Like warriors they charge; like soldiers they scale the wall. They march each on their way; they do not swerve from their paths. – Joel 2:7 (ESV) When I think of warriors, usually the images of Mel Gibson in Braveheart or Russell Crowe in Gladiator come to mind. In...

Pursue & Persist

But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant and whoever would be first...
The Finish Line

The Finish Line

Do you not know that in a race all runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you might obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. - 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (ESV)...

The Appointed

The Appointed

I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more,  nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 23:4 (ESV) Some of the most influential people in my life have been coaches. It was a coach who...

Day By Day

Day By Day

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. – Psalm 68:19 (ESV) There are no shortcuts in the arena of sports. Coaches and athletes learn quickly that coupling high expectations with a lack of daily effort is a recipe for failure. One of the...

It’s Not About Me

It’s Not About Me

He must increase, but I must decrease. – John 3:30 (ESV) Team should always take priority over the individual. For coaches, that concept is more difficult to teach than ever before. Over the past two decades, we have witnessed the sharp decline of the sacrifice...

Warriors

Warriors

Like warriors they charge; like soldiers they scale the wall. They march each on their way; they do not swerve from their paths. – Joel 2:7 (ESV) When I think of warriors, usually the images of Mel Gibson in Braveheart or Russell Crowe in Gladiator come to mind. In...

Pursue & Persist

Pursue & Persist

But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant and whoever would be first...

Second Chances

Second Chances

And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.” – Luke 19:9-10 (ESV) There is no argument that Bobby Bowden is one of the greatest college football coaches of all...

Vision

Vision

Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint, but blessed is he who keeps the law. – Proverbs 29:18 (ESV)   Longtime Alabama head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant knew what vision was all about. In his book Bear Bryant on Leadership, Pat Williams...

To Know Him

To Know Him

“….that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share in his suffering, becoming like him in death,…” – Philippians 3:10 (ESV) To compete in the world of athletics takes motivation and drive. As coaches, we invest countless hours training our...

A Radical Approach

A Radical Approach

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2 (ESV) Dick Fosbury turned the track and field world on its ear during...

Coachable

Coachable

Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. – Proverbs 23:12 (ESV) As coaches, a great deal of our time is spent giving instruction. Day after day we teach, reinforce, and test our athletes in the skills of sport. We give chalk talks, run...

Rise Above

Rise Above

But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” – Numbers 13:30 (ESV) Zion Shaver has known obstacles all his life. Given up for adoption at the age of two, Shaver was raised in foster...