By Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.” – Hebrews 11:1-2 (ESV) By faith, Gabby Douglas persevered and overcome adversity to become an Olympic Champion. In her...

A Glad Heart

“A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.” – Proverbs 15:13 (ESV) I had a conversation with a parent recently in which she told a story of a coach who was screaming at her son’s baseball team after a loss. She couldn’t believe...

Thanks Dad

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” – Psalm 103:13 (ESV) I wouldn’t call my father a sport’s dad, but he was certainly attentive to and supportive of my interests in sports. As one of five children, every...

How Did We Get Here?

“Narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:14 “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will do.” This paraphrase from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, usually makes me smile and laugh a little to myself. That happens when...

Be The Light

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden” – Matthew 5:14 Have you ever been to an evening athletic event? Sure you have. It may be difficult for many to comprehend, but before the advent of stadium lights, games were only played during...

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...

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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...

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...