It is, and Continues to be, Finished!

John 19: 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. If you have competed in an endurance race, you can probably relate to some common pre-race emotions.  They are usually some strange combination of excitement and dread.  Excitement because, along with throngs of […]

Be Still and Know

Psalm 46: 10a He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;” In the late 18th century Norwegian border patrol troops used their free time by combining their top two skills – shooting guns and cross-country skiing.  They created a competition to see who could ski the fastest and shoot most accurately.  They called the […]

What Do I Do Now?

James 4: 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. I recall professional sport seasons being cancelled, usually because of union disputes.  To name a few, there was the MLB strike of 1994 which cancelled the […]

Stay on Course

1 John 1: 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. If you have ever participated in, or watched, a cross-country running event you’ll typically see a group of runners start on a big field, sometimes as many as a hundred runners wide.  […]

Are You Fully Present with Others?

John 4: 26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” Like most other sports fans, I am impressed by incredible feats of athleticism.  I used to watch in awe as Michael Jordan took over a basketball game, seemingly single-handedly.  I marveled at tennis great, Roger Federer, face multiple match-ending break points without flinching […]

What Does a Leader Look Like?

Titus 1: 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. The Washington Times headline summed it up:  Gibbs’ Leadership Legacy Unmatched in Pro Sports.  The author, Thom Loverro, was referring to Joe Gibbs, a former NFL football coach and a NACAR race car team owner.  Making the Pro […]

Tune Out the Noise

Psalm 131: 2a Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul. I watched the inaugural 2020 edition of the ATP Cup, an international outdoor men’s tennis tournament between competing countries.  Tennis is usually an individual or pairs event so this concept of a country’s team vs. another is pretty exciting.  Twenty-four teams start and play opposing […]

Say Thank-You!

1 Corinthians 16: 18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition. I sat in the infield at Arcadia High School, arm around my son, not knowing what to say.  We flew from Toronto to California for arguably the most prestigious high school decathlon in the world, but Nathaniel’s two-day event lasted less […]

Let Your Light Shine

Matthew 5: 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. There were not many people in the world who did not hear the news on Sunday, January 26, 2020, that NBA Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant, his 13-year old daughter, and […]