He Loved Us First

We love each other because he loved us first. – 1 John 4:19 (ESV) While sitting around the table with several friends who love golf, the question was raised, “What motivates you to play the game?” The answers came quickly. One simply wanted to play better than he did...

How Do I Pray?

You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. – James 4:3 (ESV) It was a big game and as his team took the field, I asked the coach if there was anything I could do for him. His answer was quick and to the point, “Pray!” As we...

Preparation

But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. – 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)   I once had a pastor say, “spectacular...

Endurance

 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for...

True Success

His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” – Matthew 25:21 (ESV) In coaching and life, our perspective on success often changes as we gain...

Who Can You Depend On?

Be satisfied with what you have, for I will never leave you or forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5 (NLT) To those who follow the history of college football, Coach Tom Osborne is a legend. He coached the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1973 to 1997, compiling a record of 255-49-3....
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, 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...

Busyness

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

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...

Process vs. Product

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!

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...

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 might 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)...

The Appointed

The Appointed

I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more,  nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 23:4 (ESV) Some of the most influential people in my life have been coaches. It was a coach who...

Day By Day

Day By Day

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. – Psalm 68:19 (ESV) There are no shortcuts in the arena of sports. Coaches and athletes learn quickly that coupling high expectations with a lack of daily effort is a recipe for failure. One of the...

It’s Not About Me

It’s Not About Me

He must increase, but I must decrease. – John 3:30 (ESV) Team should always take priority over the individual. For coaches, that concept is more difficult to teach than ever before. Over the past two decades, we have witnessed the sharp decline of the sacrifice...

Warriors

Warriors

Like warriors they charge; like soldiers they scale the wall. They march each on their way; they do not swerve from their paths. – Joel 2:7 (ESV) When I think of warriors, usually the images of Mel Gibson in Braveheart or Russell Crowe in Gladiator come to mind. In...

Pursue & Persist

Pursue & Persist

But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant and whoever would be first...

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...