Finding Fellowship

“And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God and he is eternal life.” –...

You Can’t Fake It

Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasures in heaven. Then come follow me.” – Mark 10:21 “Give me...

Titles

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21 Titles often command great respect. The President of the United States is considered to be the most powerful person in the world. Many...

Strength Through Weakness

“You have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength.” – Judges 7:2 It was impossible to contain my excitement as the ten mighty warriors climbed on the...

Face to Face

“And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads.” – Revelation 22:4 Can you remember that special feeling you had when you met one of your childhood heroes for the first time? The face to face encounter was almost too much to take in. I...

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...

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Listen With Your Eyes

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...

Crossroads

Crossroads

“In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want...

Friendship

Friendship

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” – Proverbs 17:17 Friendships built through sport can last a lifetime. Athletes spend hours of practice time and game situations with their teammates. They compete for playing time, they sweat together...

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…..” – Ephesians 4:29 We talk to ourselves all day long. If that’s true, and it is, what are we talking about? Too often, the words we speak to ourselves aren’t positive. If we...

The King

The King

Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true." – John 18:37 The man known as “The King of Golf” left us in...

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...