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 […]

Do You Actually Listen?

13 To answer before listening – that is folly and shame. (Proverbs 18:13) Imagine a young baseball player sheepishly walking in to meet with their coach as he sits in the middle of a 0 for 30 slump at the plate.  The coach asks: “what’s going on?”.  The player begins: “I just don’t feel I’m seeing […]

Are you Pursuing Shiny Things?

Proverbs 3: 13 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. For many years Kenya has been the darling country of the world when it comes to producing world class middle and distance runners. However, in 2012 the world learned that steroid […]