Uncomfortable

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. John 4:15-16 Have you ever had an uncomfortable moment? As a...

Paying the Price

“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person get the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I...

The Power of Patience

“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.” – Ecclesiastes 7:8 In the world of athletics, patience is a powerful weapon. Experienced coaches know this, but rarely do we talk with our athletes about it. We certainly don’t...

Bearing Fruit

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22 Happy 90th  Birthday Coach John Byrd! Let me share with you a little about my high school...

Time – Friend or Foe

“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” – 2 Peter 3:8 We kill time. We save time. We rob and get robbed of time. We lose time, and we have all the time in the world. But not one of...

Listen With Your Eyes

“Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. – Proverbs 2:2 “Give me your eyes!” As coaches, how many times have we challenged our athletes with these words? With another practice in the books, we stand before our team to share our closing thoughts. As...

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Busyness

Busyness

“Be still and know that I am God.” – Psalm 46:10 As coaches, we live in a “grip it and rip it” world. We know all to well about being overloaded, overburdened, and overboard with busyness. Instead of hitting the “Do It” button again and again, wouldn’t it be nice to...

Expectations

Expectations

“Everyone was expecting the Messiah to come soon, and they were eager to know whether John might be the Messiah.” – Luke 3:15 As coaches, we know all too well about expectations. An expectation is defined as “a strong belief that something will happen in the future.”...

Process vs. Product

Process vs. Product

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” – Matthew 6:34   “To live in the past and future is easy. To live in the present is like threading a needle.” These words by Walker Perry in his...

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

“Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Life comes at us fast! As coaches, we wear many hats and have more on our to-do list than we have time to accomplish. We interact...

Too Much Information

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 infield...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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 we...

Represent

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 regular...

Team Meeting

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 players...

Leaving a Legacy

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

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...