Wait

Moses answered, “Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the Lord.” Numbers 9:8 Nothing can slow a game down more than the moment when the coaches’ challenge flag comes out. As the red flag hits the ground, the players look at each other, then stop to wait for the instant replay. As frustrating as this can be …

If

As a young coach I thought I knew best how the players needed to be instructed so we would win. I remember one game where I became overly emotional on the sidelines as I told the players that we needed to score the next goal. Our head coach quickly responded by saying: “Even IF we do not score the next …

Thanksgiving

I enjoy listening to numerous podcasts during my workouts. Recently, I was listening to Jamie Munro (JM3 Lacrosse podcast) as he had a conversation with college coaches about recruiting athletes. One of the coaches shared that even if he watches an entire game of a player’s worst performance, he can still find the player for which he is looking. In …

Summit

As we piled in the car – the last to depart the annual FCA Summit, I looked in the rear-view mirror and watched the Mountain Top Inn & Resort fade away as we began the drive home. I knew people would ask how the week had gone, and that it would be very hard to articulate to others the profound …

Contentment

I’ve never seen a play work like our extra man offense did one season. It was so much fun to watch the boys repeatedly execute the play. It would create an easy goal for one of our players to finish an uncontested shot. As we ran the play, a few passes before the easy goal the whole play was predicated …

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, …