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 …

Exceptional

I’m blown away by all the different people that God has used to shape my life and my walk with Him. During my life, I’ve had the incredible pleasure of spending time with many different people, and have had the opportunity to listen to hosts of inspiring speakers during my sixteen years in ministry with FCA. While there are many …

Coaches

As another practice comes to a close, I fold up the practice plan, put it in my backpack and walk off the field. It’s great to be a coach. That was one incredible practice, but like every practice, we will never use that practice plan ever again. What we hope to accomplish won’t change, but how we do it will …

T-shirts and Trophies

Athletes and coaches alike can get really into awards and recognition – setting goals and channeling all of their efforts into one or two things that they pursue recklessly for a short period of time. And, the goal is either accomplished, or it is not. Usually if it goes unaccomplished, it becomes an even more desirable feat the following season. …

12:07

12:07 is not a bad race time, depending on how far you’ve been asked to travel. Twelve hours and 7 minutes after beginning my race, I crossed the finish line of the longest run of my life. With a smile on my face, salt encrusting my eyebrows after hours of sweating, and an indescribable smell all around me, I crossed …

Tarmac

After a long week of running around New York City and meeting incredible people, I was physically exhausted and ready to be home. I was just 48 minutes of delightful air time away from being home, yet in a place where nobody wanted to be as I sat wedged in my small seat aboard a Jet Blue plane, wishing I …