Tag Archives: trials

What Do I Do Now?

James 4: 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. I recall professional sport seasons being cancelled, usually because of union disputes.  To name a few, there was the MLB strike of 1994 which cancelled the […]

Where, O Death is Your Victory?

1 Corinthians 15: 55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” Several years ago, the Lord took our family away from our country home and moved us to the outskirts of Toronto (a place we would have never pictured being).  There was much pain for our family in the leaving but […]

Wisdom in Times of Trial

James 1: 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.  The benefits of physical activity are well documented.  The need to push our body beyond our comfort limits (stressing the body) are also well known.  In fact, the whole […]

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 […]

Choosing Gratefulness

2 Corinthians 11: 27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. Serge Ibaka is a power forward on the surging Toronto Raptors.  Watching him play under the glitter of the NBA lights and the thousands of adoring fans, you would miss the humble and challenging beginnings […]

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 […]

Trained for Competition

Hebrews 5: 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. I have many memories of sitting in cold arenas watching my son’s ice hockey practises.  These were generally elite teams so the coaches took the practises very seriously and spent significant time on a […]

A Guaranteed Win

Philippians 1: 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. For many decades professional and elite athletes having been guaranteeing wins.  Despite being huge underdogs, quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed that his New York Jets would defeat the Baltimore Colts in the 1969 NFL Super Bowl.  Namath delivered, propelling him to stardom.  […]

We are not consumed!

Lamentations 3:22-24  Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; there I will wait for him.”   I don’t know of any serious athletes who have not participated in some […]