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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 […]

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 […]

Glory in Our Sufferings

Romans 5: 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Each February I’d compete in a 50km X-Country Ski race in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, and I could usually count on the conditions being miserable. A race rule was that you couldn’t start the race until it had warmed […]

Take Heart

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.” It was the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.  Eleven Israeli Olympic team members were taken hostage and eventually killed by a Palestinian terrorist group.  The […]

The Necessity of Trials

Romans 8: 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? Two of the most successful track programs in the world, the Jamaican sprint program, and the Kenyan distance program, have facilities that would be considered impoverished compared to U.S. or European […]

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 […]

A Consistent Life

2 Timothy 4: 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. The Dana Foundation is a private US philanthropic organization whose goal is to advance brain research.  A study, Mental Preparation of High-Level Athletes (by Kayt Sukel, July 23, 2012) interviewed key […]

Commands versus Suggestions

Matthew 22:  37Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. I’ve heard many coaches talk about “coachable athletes”.  “Jane, oh she’s great.  She’s such a coachable kid”.  “Steve.  Oh I love coaching him.  He’s the most coachable […]