Too Much Information

“Excessive speech is not appropriate on a fool’s lips; how much worse are lies for a ruler?” – Proverbs 17:7 It seemed innocent enough. Two friends, who happened to be coaching opposing baseball teams, just talking on a beautiful afternoon. As we stood on the...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

“As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians coming after them. Then the Israelites were terrified and cried out to the Lord for help.” – Exodus 14:10 As coaches, it’s not unusual to find ourselves in tight spots during competition. How...

Represent

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ’s behalf, ‘Be reconciled to God.’” – 2 Corinthians 5:20 As coaches, we often remind our athletes that they aren’t just playing for themselves. It was a...

Team Meeting

“Woe to you experts in the law! You have taken away the key to knowledge! You didn’t go in yourselves, and you hindered those who were going in.” – Luke 11:52 We all know about the team meeting. When things aren’t going well, the coach gathers his or her...

Leaving a Legacy

“I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 Kay Yow left a legacy! The legendary women’s basketball coach at North Carolina State University won 737 games, coached her teams to four Atlantic Coast Conference tournament...

Dedication

“Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this to you also. In any case, we should live up to whatever (truth) we have attained. Join in imitating me, brothers, and observe those who live...

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Marriage

Marriage

“Marriage must be respected by all, the marriage bed kept undefiled, because Godwill judge immoral people and adulterers.”– Hebrews 13:4 As coaches, we have a lot on our minds. Our lives are a never-ending merry-go-round of duties and responsibilities. Everyone and...

Don’t Be Ashamed

Don’t Be Ashamed

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvationto everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.”– Romans 1:16 Do you remember getting your first letterman jacket? What a proud day that was! Mine was simple in design. The...

Fear

Fear

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”– Psalm 34:4 With a glance in the rear view mirror, I could see the fear in their eyes. Maybe it was the armed guards at the gate, or it could have been the barbed wire fence that stretched as...

Leadership

Leadership

“Remember your leaders who have spoken God’s word to you.As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.– Hebrews 13:7  “What does a leader look like?” That was the question I asked the team as we began our morning practice session? The...

The Narrow Gate

The Narrow Gate

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction,and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”– Matthew 7:13-14Football is a demanding...

Rise Above

Rise Above

“Then Caleb quieted the people in the presence ofMosesand said, ‘We must go up and take possession of the land because we can certainly conquer it.’”– Numbers 13:30 Zion Shaver has known obstacles all his life. Given up for adoption at the age of two,...

How Would You Like To Be Coached?

How Would You Like To Be Coached?

“And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever,for their own good and for the good of all their descendants.”– Jeremiah 32:39 It had been a demanding practice! Stamina and desire were being tested for both athletes and coaches....

What Do You See?

What Do You See?

“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back,praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feetand thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.”– Luke 17:15-16Regardless of the team, it’s easy to pick out the stars. They’re often taller and more...

Herding Sheep

Herding Sheep

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherdsacrifices his life for the sheep. ”– John 10:11 What are the duties of a shepherd? First of all they take care of sheep. Shepherds usually work independently and are on call for their animals around the clock. The...

Overlooked

Overlooked

“I am insignificant and despised, but I don’t forget your commandments.” – Psalm 119:141 “I’m nothing but a glorified tackling dummy!” Those were my thoughts as I got bulldozed by Joey during our pre-game warmups. Joey was a high school senior, standing nearly six...