Thorns

Gifts are a great way that people can express the love that they have for others. When we think about some of the most treasured gifts that people have given us, we remember the “gift” that Paul was given. The purpose of this gift was very clear, it was to bring him humility and to increase his dependence on Christ. …

Generations

George Brett’s pine tar bat from his controversial home run. Football’s Lombardi trophy for the Super Bowl champs. The Indianapolis 500’s bottle of milk for the winner. These symbols and associated images are permanently fixed into the legacy of an athlete. Not only will they define them as athletes today, but for many years to come. Recently, I began thinking …

Unforced Errors

This past weekend, I experienced the longest break in all my years of being at my kids’ sporting events. We had two games, one at 8:00 a.m. and one at 6:00 p.m., which led to many long hours at the arena waiting for our final game. As there was little to do with our time, I was able to watch …

Yet

As another lacrosse tournament ended, our team won our final game in overtime. Our boys threw all their equipment in the air, as they should have, and I smiled. As fun as it was to see the joy in the boys’ eyes, I can remember four years earlier when I coached a different team and they lost on that same …

In Hands

When I look back at my very ordinary Division III lacrosse career, I am thankful that God has allowed sports to create many meaningful relationships and memories in my life. Oftentimes, it seems that the ordinary things that God places in our hands go overlooked or unappreciated. But, whether you are coaching a team or teaching a class of students, …

The Takeover

It’s a great time of the year for me as I serve in our FCA lacrosse summer program. I have the privilege of coaching a group of kids that just finished up fifth grade and are excited to grow in both their athletic skills and Christian faith. After each team practice, our group sits down together while I lead and …

Midnight

As I recently read through the book of Acts, I was inspired by the stories of Paul’s boldness as he shared his faith to both the Jews and Gentiles. He maintained a determined attitude throughout his ministry that can serve as a great encouragement to us in our daily lives. One of my favorite verses in Acts paints a picture …

Smelling Salts

I have seen pre-game rituals recycle from one generation to the next. One recent thing that I have noticed and never anticipated coming was the obsession of older lacrosse players sniffing smelling salts before a game. As a player, I used to dread smelling salts, as they were primarily used for waking you up from a concussion. Recently I have …

Consider

This spring held a new adventure in my lacrosse coaching career as I started working with our seventh and eighth-grade boys lacrosse team. As I began to refamiliarize myself with the group, I realized that the boys had changed in noticeable ways since the last time I had worked with them. A few years ago, they were younger, easier to …

FCA Camps

When you coach a team, the days leading up to your first game of the season can seem never-ending. You just can’t wait to get on the field and get after it together! May is a fun month for our FCA staff as we wait in similar anticipation for what God is going to do at FCA Camps this summer …