In my earliest days as a coach, I had the privilege of working a clinic alongside a couple of hall of fame coaches who had been coaching lacrosse longer than I’ve walked the earth. These true legends of the game were late in their years and no longer active coaches.

As an over-confident 25-year-old, my peers and I snickered at how they dressed, their funny sayings and the drills they taught the kids. I remember walking off the field during one of their sessions and thinking how comical it was that they had the boys running a 3-man weave.

Nearly twenty years later, I stand in front of my youth lacrosse team and explain to them the importance of being able to run the 3-man weave correctly. I am humored as they roll their eyes and wonder, “When are we going to do this in a game?” Simple truths that cannot be valued at certain points of time, often become fundamental to us later as we begin to view them from a new perspective.

In the final days leading up to Christmas, I encourage you to break from your holiday routines and make time to explore the truth of the gospel. What an incredible miracle it was for God to send his only Son to earth so that He could dwell with man and God could dwell in us.

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John 1:14

I am confident that during this Christmas season, if you take a moment to explore the amazing gift of Jesus through a new lens, and “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8), one day you may be telling the story to others.

Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.