Excellence

“Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him. And the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.” – Daniel 6:3 (ESV) Athletic excellence can be defined as an athlete’s performance...

How We Talk Matters

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

Slumps

“Lord, how long will You continually forget me? How long will You hide Your face from me?” – Psalm 13:1 As coaches, we have all watched helplessly as good athletes suddenly go into a funk and can’t hit a baseball, make a foul shot or sink a putt. If that funk...
Prepared in the Wilderness

Prepared in the Wilderness

“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 There is a strange paradox that comes from a wilderness experience. We...

Swallowing Your Whistle

Swallowing Your Whistle

“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression, bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” – Isaiah 1:17 (ESV) It had been a back-and-forth game and the officials were calling it tight. The whistles had blown repeatedly leading to constant...

Excellence

Excellence

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-25 (ESV) Basketball coaching legend John Wooden once said, “Being...

What Are You Thinking

What Are You Thinking

“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” – Proverbs 23:7 Every action, good or bad, begins as a simple thought. Most coaches I know are busy people! However, sometimes we can be so busy, that we fail to to think through our actions. Thinking is important! As...

Hype

Hype

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” – James 1:22 (ESV) In the world of sports, thinking too highly of yourself is a dangerous road to travel. It’s an easy trap for athletes, coaches and teams to fall into. The media and fans...

Passion

Passion

“…complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." – Philippians 2:2-3 (ESV) The Hill, a movie about...

Perseverance

Perseverance

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4 (ESV)...

Shepherd the Flock

Shepherd the Flock

“Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you, not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief...

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 may 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)...

Too Much Information

Too Much Information

“Excessive speech is not appropriate on a fool’s lips….” – Proverbs 17:7 It seemed innocent enough. Two friends, who happened to be coaching opposing baseball teams, exchanging idle talk on a beautiful afternoon. As we stood on the infield grass, we caught up on...

Seasons

Seasons

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV) There is nothing quite like the beginning of a new season. For a football coach, it might be the smell of freshly cut grass as he prepares his team to take the...