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 …

One

I am thankful that God always has a plan and it is amazing to see His plans unfold. While it is unfortunate that myself and my teammates in youth basketball had to endure a terrible coaching situation at a young age, as horrible of an experience as it was, it’s amazing how God still continues to use it each day …

Refocus

Evaluating players at tryouts is a necessary evil that many coaches are asked to participate in. It’s very difficult to pick a team, especially when there are so many players that have such comparable skills and abilities. As I was evaluating goalies at one tryout there came a critical moment involving comparing two extremely similar goalies. We ended up choosing …

You’re Crazy

At times I’m embarrassed by the lack of faith that I can have. I often pray big prayers and come to God and ask Him for answers, however sometimes I don’t appreciate the time between me praying the prayer and God answering it. I have been enjoying reading the book of Acts, and chapter 12 is one that reminds me …

The Locker Room

It is an incredible privilege to be a part of a sports team. The number of things those who are not on the team experience is very limited compared to what the coaches and the players share together: practices, bus rides, watching film, team meetings, off-season conditioning work, and time spent together in the locker room. One of the greatest …

Rookie

Recently, I signed myself up to attend “Training Camp” at FCA’s Kansas City headquarters in Kansas City. Training Camp is an inspiring week of training, fellowship and encouragement for all of our new staff. Since it had been 17 years since I had gone through training camp, it made sense to me that it would be a valuable use of …