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In this World You will have Trouble

John 16: 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” “The Struggle is Real: Life of an athlete”.  Most athletes don’t need to read this article to know what the author, Hailey Johnson, is talking about.  The […]

Forgetting what is behind…

Philippians 3: 13b-14 But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Growing up in Canada I have always appreciated the various seasons.  Many complain when the white stuff hits the ground, but […]

You Need to Persevere!

James 1: 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. We built a new home on the edge of my in-laws’ property in the countryside.  We had left a city with 100,000 people and now the closest “big” town had 1,800.  As our youngest son had a real interest […]

Run a Good Race!

1 Corinthians 1: 24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  I enjoy watching old running races.  YouTube has made it quite easy to find clips from races that go back many decades.  One inspirational race for […]

God Works for the Good

Romans 8: 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Simone Biles’ early years were anything but ideal training ground for a world champion gymnast.  As her mother struggled with substance abuse and went to rehab, Biles, age three, and her […]

An Over-Overcomer

Romans 8: 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. On June 23rd 1940 as the 20th of 22 children, Wilma Rudolph was born prematurely in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee.  At the age of 4 Rudolph contracted polio and, as a result, suffered from infantile paralysis.  She recovered but her […]

Arise Again Quickly!

Proverbs 24:16: 16a for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, I’m sure most athletes, especially runners, have seen the viral video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ4GjqNT-l4) of Heather Dorniden (now Heather Kampf) who fell in a heat of the 600-meter at the 2008 Big Ten Indoor Track Championships. There is little time to make up lost distance in […]

Not of those who Shrink Back

Hebrews 10:  39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. The title of the sports article intrigued me: “The Most Intimidating Athletes of the Past 25 Years” (http://www.uncoached.com/sports/intimidating-athletes-past-25-years/2).  The list included:  boxer Floyd Mayweather Junior with a 45-0 record; football/baseball great […]