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...

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

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

“….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...
Want to Swap Places?

Want to Swap Places?

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” – Luke 22:42 (ESV) Life has a way of getting our attention! In an instant, the routine can be replaced by the unexpected. The day of my brother’s open-heart...

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) Well, here we are! 2020 is slowly fading in our rearview mirror as our attention shifts to a new year approaching full-speed through our front windshield. Time just...

The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

But when the fulness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts crying,...

Didn’t See That Coming

Didn’t See That Coming

“At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their ancestral towns to register for this census. And because...

What Will You Be Doing?

What Will You Be Doing?

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.”  – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (ESV) “Don’t...

Will you be ready?

Will you be ready?

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” – Exodus 3:11 (ESV) Sports and life are filled with opportunity. The most amazing thing about opportunity is that you often don’t see it coming. A perfect...

Lighten Up

Lighten Up

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) The situation wasn’t good. My 10-year old pitcher was struggling to find the plate. He had walked the bases loaded and the look on his face indicated that his...

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

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

Taking God for Granted

Taking God for Granted

“So, you by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God. – Hosea 12:6 (ESV) “Why are we playing so lousy?” That’s the question I muttered to myself as I stood on the sidelines watching my team’s performance....

A New Direction

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...

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

“As iron sharpens  iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” – Proverbs 27:17 (ESV)   In his research, Dr. Jeff Duke of 3Dimensional Coaching Institute, has found the average survival rate of a coach is 3.2 years. In a time when quality coaches...

Disappointment

Disappointment

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18 (ESV) Sports are a two-headed monster. In most every competition, there is the thrill of victory, but there is also the agony of defeat. Things haven’t gone the way you expected....