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...

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...

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...

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...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

“As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians coming after them. Then the Israelites were terrified and cried out to the Lord for help.” – Exodus 14:10 As coaches, it’s not unusual to find ourselves in tight spots during competition. How...

Represent

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ’s behalf, ‘Be reconciled to God.’” – 2 Corinthians 5:20 As coaches, we often remind our athletes that they aren’t just playing for themselves. It was a...

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Keep Growing

Keep Growing

“To the law and the testimony! If they do not speak accordingto this word, there will be no dawn for them.”– Isaiah 8:20 Successful coaches are always learning! You can go to any clinic in the country and find the best coaches sitting on the front row. To...

Walking Straight

Walking Straight

 “Teach me Your way, Lord, and I will live by Your truth.Give me an undivided mind to fear Your name.”– Psalm 86:11 If I had a dollar for every line I’ve painted on an athletic field, I’d be a wealthy man! Preparing a field for competition is an art, and...

Disappointment

Disappointment

“The Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”– Psalm 34:18 Sport is a two-headed monster. In most every competition, there is the thrill of victory, but there is also the agony of defeat. Things haven’t gone the way you...

The Greatest Comeback

The Greatest Comeback

Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive?He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead.– Luke 24:5-6 What sports fan doesn’t enjoy a great comeback? A ninth inning grand slam disappearing into a sea of screaming fans to bring your team back...

24/7

24/7

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing themin the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.    Matthew...

Heart

Heart

Only carefully obey the command and instruction that Moses the Lord’s servant gave you; to love the Lord you God, walk in His ways, keep His commands, remain faithful to Him, and serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.– Joshua 22:5  How many times...

Teamwork

Teamwork

Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousnessbe a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?– 2 Corinthians 6:14 When we work together, common people can achieve uncommon results. There is a story about a man who was...

Lighten Up!

Lighten Up!

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.– Proverbs 17:22 The situation wasn’t good. My 10-year old pitcher was struggling to find the plate. He had walked the bases loaded and the look on his face indicated that his...

No Regrets

No Regrets

So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.– Romans 14:12 As Jason stood in my office, I was caught off guard by his body language. Usually a high energy guy, he was listless. Never at a loss for words, Jason was quiet. The look on his...

Small Stuff

Small Stuff

So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.– Genesis 6:22 I’ve been a baseball fan since I was eight years old. The game has everything a kid would love—running, sliding, catching, and throwing. The game is magical to me and I’m amazed that...