Stop Fertilizing the Weeds!

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy —think about such things." – Philippians 4:8   2 Timothy paints a bleak...

What If Everyone Were Like You?

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” - 1 Corinthians 12:21 People are hungry for live sports as we navigate through our present pandemic existence. This certainly had a part to play in the much...

Giving Your All

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” – Deuteronomy 6:5 As a coach, I’ve always been interested in how to motivate athletes. How do you get them to willingly give 100% on every play. How do you get them to buy...

Hi Mom

“She opens her mouth with wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.” – Proverbs 31:26 Hi Mom! I’m thinking about you today, but the truth is, I think about you every day. I know every little boy didn’t have a mom like you, but I sure wish they had. How you...

What Does God Think Of You?

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved…..” – Colossians 3:12   I had just accepted the job as head football coach for a school that had never fielded a team. Needless to say, I was seriously looking for bodies! When I first saw James, it was like a...

First Love

“Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first.” – Revelation 2:5 I want you to strap into your time machine of youthful memories and recall the hours and hours you spent in simple pleasure. Maybe it was making miraculous plays as you...

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You Can’t Fake It

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

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

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

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

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...

Paying the Price

Paying the Price

“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person get the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I...

The Power of Patience

The Power of Patience

“The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.” – Ecclesiastes 7:8 In the world of athletics, patience is a powerful weapon. Experienced coaches know this, but rarely do we talk with our athletes about it. We certainly don’t...

Bearing Fruit

Bearing Fruit

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” – Galatians 5:22 Happy 90th  Birthday Coach John Byrd! Let me share with you a little about my high school...

Time – Friend or Foe

Time – Friend or Foe

“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” – 2 Peter 3:8 We kill time. We save time. We rob and get robbed of time. We lose time, and we have all the time in the world. But not one of...

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...