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

“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 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

“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

“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

“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...

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100%

“Do you not know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24 100%! As coaches, we’re always asking our athletes to give their all when they compete. Rarely do we get it. I remember...

Be Wise

Be Wise

“A fool’s way is right in his own eyes, but whoever listens to council is wise.” – Proverbs 12:15 I was in my first year as a head coach and wanted to do things the right way. However, the varsity player was testing my patience. He was consistently late for practice...

God’s Standard

God’s Standard

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord our God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’...

A Solid Foundation

A Solid Foundation

“For we are God’s co-workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. According to God’s grace that was given to me, as a skilled builder I have laid a foundation, and another builds on it, because no one can lay any other foundation than what has been laid—that is,...

Marriage

Marriage

“Marriage must be respected by all, the marriage bed kept undefiled, because Godwill judge immoral people and adulterers.”– Hebrews 13:4 As coaches, we have a lot on our minds. Our lives are a never-ending merry-go-round of duties and responsibilities. Everyone and...

Don’t Be Ashamed

Don’t Be Ashamed

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvationto everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.”– Romans 1:16 Do you remember getting your first letterman jacket? What a proud day that was! Mine was simple in design. The...

Fear

Fear

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”– Psalm 34:4 With a glance in the rear view mirror, I could see the fear in their eyes. Maybe it was the armed guards at the gate, or it could have been the barbed wire fence that stretched as...

Leadership

Leadership

“Remember your leaders who have spoken God’s word to you.As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.– Hebrews 13:7  “What does a leader look like?” That was the question I asked the team as we began our morning practice session? The...

The Narrow Gate

The Narrow Gate

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction,and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”– Matthew 7:13-14Football is a demanding...

Rise Above

Rise Above

“Then Caleb quieted the people in the presence ofMosesand said, ‘We must go up and take possession of the land because we can certainly conquer it.’”– Numbers 13:30 Zion Shaver has known obstacles all his life. Given up for adoption at the age of two,...