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 do...

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 about?...

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

“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 happen...

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!

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 am...
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...

Stop Fertilizing the Weeds

Stop Fertilizing the Weeds

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. – Philippians 4:8 (ESV) 2...

Crossroads

Crossroads

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and greatness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of Spirit in the bond of peace. –...

Bathtubs and Baby Seats

Bathtubs and Baby Seats

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up bones. – Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) Sometimes the daily adventure of coaching just makes me laugh! I was making preparations for a road game with my middle school football team. The year had been a little...

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,...