The Power of Patience

Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. – Ecclesiastes 7:8 (ESV) In the world of athletics, patience is a powerful weapon. Experienced coaches know this, but rarely do we talk with our athletes...

Listen With Your Eyes

Making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding. – Proverbs 2:2 (ESV) "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...

Role Model

“Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to...

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...

A New Direction

In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them. – 2 Chronicles 29:3 (ESV) Some coaches have a special talent for rebuilding programs. They’re able to come into a new situation, quickly assess the...

Luck

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.” – Proverbs 21:5 (ESV) In athletics, we’re always talking about luck. How many of us have heard or made a statement like this after a hard-fought game:  “Well, luck...
The Greatest Comeback

The Greatest Comeback

Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead. – Luke 24:5-6 What sports fan doesn’t enjoy a great comeback? A ninth inning grand slam disappearing into a sea of screaming fans to bring your team back from...

Stacking W’s

Stacking W’s

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. – Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)   Stacking W’s! That’s the phrase former Army football coach Rich Ellerson used to encourage the West Point cadets on his team. Coach Ellerson took over the Black Knights...

A Solid Foundation

A Solid Foundation

For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can...

Being in the Present

Being in the Present

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalm 118:24 (ESV) Somewhere today champions are being built. While some wish to be great, others are putting in the work. Summer for most means no class, vacation, part-time jobs, or just...

First Love

First Love

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. – Revelation 2:5 (ESV)   I want you to strap into your time machine of youthful...

Paying the Price

Paying the Price

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly. I...

How We Talk Matters

How We Talk Matters

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4:29 (ESV) We talk to ourselves all day long. If that’s true, and it is, what are we talking...

Busyness

Busyness

Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. – Psalm 46:10 (ESV) As coaches, we live in a “grip it and rip it” world. We know all too well about being overloaded, overburdened, and overboard with busyness....

Expectations

Expectations

“As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be Christ….” – Luke 3:15 (ESV) As coaches, we know all too well about expectations. An expectation is defined as “a strong belief that something will...

Process vs. Product

Process vs. Product

Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:34 (ESV) “To live in the past and future is easy. To live in the present is like threading a needle.” These words by Walker...

Thanks Mom!

Thanks Mom!

I have taught you the way of wisdom; I have led you in the paths of uprightness. – Proverbs 4:11 (ESV) Mother’s Day is special! Though my mother is no longer physically alive, she is still very much alive in my heart. She had a tremendous influence on my life and I...

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)...