Have Some Fun!

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22 (ESV) Practice was not going well. My high school soccer team looked awful! It had been a long season and the high hopes we had going into the year had been crushed by injuries...

Grace

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV) Perfection in the sports arena is rare. In 2010, Detroit Tiger pitcher Armando Galarraga...

Accountability

“So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:12 “What are you doing!” When coach asked that very loud question, each player in the room prayed his name wouldn’t be spoken in the next sentence. “What in the world were you thinking Charlie?”...

Faith Over Fear

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) I’ve had the opportunity to coach many young boys who are playing contact football for the first time. The level of enthusiasm is always high as they report for that...

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...

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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...

Expectations

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 future.”...

Process vs. Product

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 his...

Giving Thanks

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 interact...

Too Much Information

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 infield...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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 we...

Represent

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 regular...