Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. One of my pet peeves is when someone says that the secret to becoming an elite athlete, whatever the sport, is effort.  “If you believe in yourself, dream big, and put in the effort, you will achieve your goals.”  Those […]

Maybe You Need “Different”

2 Peter 1:5  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; What do you look for in a coach?  The list will usually include someone who has integrity, who cares, who is knowledgeable, inspiring etc.  […]

Don’t Follow Your Heart

Jeremiah 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it? Follow your heart.  How often have you heard someone use those words? Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, said: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.  If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.  […]

The Secret of Contentment

Philippians 4:12b I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. It is often difficult for me to listen to professional athletes complain about their contracts.  They negotiate and sign a contract, but then a teammate signs a higher contract […]

Are You Swayed by the World or the Word?

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, Imagine playing a game of basketball with friends.  You’re battling hard, probably with a little more contact than you’d usually get away with in a real game, but you’re calling any major fouls.  One of your buddies […]

Do You Trust Your Coach?

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; I read an article recently by cycling coach Jim Rutberg, entitled: 5 Expectations Your Coach Has of You.  The list was: “Be Engaged; Be Truthful; Have Trust; Listen; Do the Work”.  Having coached for many years myself, I […]

For You are All One in Christ Jesus

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus My family will often roll their eyes when the topic of “favorite movie” comes up, because much to their chagrin, even as thousands of new movies are released, nothing tops the […]