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Winning the Respect of Others

15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. (1 Peter 2:15) One of my favorite Christian athletes is Mike “Pinball” Clemons. Clemons played for the 1987 Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL (predominantly as a punt returner), however his greatest success came as a Toronto Argonaut […]

Is your Identity tied up in Sports?

1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1a) Becoming Sidelined: The Loss of Athletic Identity.   I found this article on a website called: www.sidelinedusa.org, a non-profit organization formed for athletes “unable to continue to compete in their sport due to career-ending injuries, […]

Dragged Away by Temptation

14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. (James 1:14) Millions of kids, and most of their parents, are striving to make it big in sports.  They are dedicating long hours of practicing and driving and devoting thousands of dollars to the cause.  For some the dream […]

Disown the Word – Disown Jesus!

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (1 John 1:1) I get a kick out of athlete’s nicknames.  According to the author of “25 of the Best Nicknames in Sports History”[i], they usually say a lot about the athlete and person.  NBA superstar Karl Malone was known […]

Hold Fast to the Teachings

15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. (2 Thessalonians 2:15) The majority of an athlete’s life is spent training or what is known as practice.  “Practice is the act of rehearsing a behavior over and over, or engaging in […]

Excellence and Contentment

 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. (1 Timothy 6: 6-7) I read a blog written by a young lady, Josie Kuhlman, who competed in NCAA Division 1 tennis.  She described lying sleepless in her bed hours after her tennis team became […]

Habits of Success

 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; (2 Peter 1:5) As I think back to “successful” people I have been exposed to, I have noticed that they have had something in common – they each had similar habits.  Merriam-Webster defines a habit as: “an acquired […]

Who Needs a Savior?

10 The Lord spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they paid no attention. (2 Chronicles 33:10) When I was 16 years old, I competed in my first triathlon.  It was a bigger deal for me than most, not because of the bike or the run, but because of the swim.  You see, as a child I was […]

Do Not Judge – Really?

1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1) Correcting/disciplining an athlete is not a fun part of coaching.  While I’m sure there are coaches who get a kick out of doling out disciplinary […]