A Heart for Our Neighbors

In 2003 I had the privilege of helping Canadian U19’s lacrosse team prepare for the World Games in Baltimore. I was given this opportunity because my coaching friend Dave Huntley knew my passion for training lacrosse goalies and asked if I wanted to volunteer to help prepare the goalies for the upcoming games. Although my role was minimal — as …

Earning Trust – The Book of Daniel Chapters 2-4

In reading Daniel 2-4, there are so many great lessons to be learned from the life that Daniel lived. As leaders or coaches, we want others to trust us, yet we live in a world where trust and credibility have to be earned over time. In a world that often opposes Christianity, we often have to earn the right to …

The Penny Jar

There are a lot of things that people do as they prepare for games. For some people it’s superstitions, for others it is routines, and over time, they come to believe in the things that they feel they must do to prepare for each game. I do not have any things that I currently do or feel need to be …

Do You Even Care?

Recently, I enjoyed some people watching at an intense youth lacrosse tournament. It was interesting to watch the emotional reactions of the parents as the two teams — of whom I knew none of the players or families — competed in a very hard fought, intense game. There were moments when the parents were so incredibly emotionally invested in the …

Flourishing

There are few people who don’t want to be flourishing in all areas of their lives, yet our ability to be successful is often dependent upon where we place our trust and hope. When I was sixteen-years-old, I told God if He would allow me to sense His love for me, that I would follow Him each day of my …

From the Mountain – July 4, 1998

Sitting on the top of a mountain in Vail, Colorado on July 4, 1998, I knew that I had played my final lacrosse game. I was unsure why God would take something that was so important to me and close that chapter of my life. I remember sitting in solitude and opening up Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest. …

Whose Are You

It has become common practice for the starting line-up of professional and collegiate sports to be announced in creative and, at times, comical ways. Players typically have one sentence or five seconds to say their name and where they’re from, and it’s always entertaining to see how they are able to make a statement about who they are in such …

Focusing on the Future – Coaches

In the book of Philippians, as Paul is writing to encourage the Philippian Christians from his prison cell, he is not focused on his present situation, nor on his past — but rather he is looking forward to the prize that lies ahead from God through Jesus Christ. I love where he says, “but I focus on this one thing…” …

Warning

Navigating the ups and downs of a sports season will always be a challenge no matter how much experience a coach has. The beginning of the season is filled with excitement, anticipation, hard work and build up towards that first game that just always seems so out of reach. But once the season gets started, it’s amazing how quickly it …

Strive On

During my years as a lacrosse goalie, it was very difficult to let go of whatever had unfolded on the field. Following a game, I would often remember the shots that went in, far longer than those that were stopped — it was as though I had a photographic memory playing through my head over and over again. There is …