Archive | August, 2020

The Promise of Suffering

2 Corinthians 1:8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure…  A friend hears you’re competing in marathons and decides that they’re going to do one.  You share all your stories of the comradery […]

A Life of Humble Confession

Psalm 51:1b-2 …blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.  Imagine playing for a school team.  The coach schedules a Friday night practice for a critical upcoming game, but you’ve been invited to an awesome party that you don’t want to miss.  You rationalize that you know everything […]

Suffering for a Little While

1 Peter 1: 3-7 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  If you have competed in sports you understand the concept of feeling uncomfortable.  Whether it’s doing a core workout, hill workout, or running lines, I’m certain you remember the […]

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.  […]