Orchestrated Chaos

For ninety minutes on Wednesday evenings we have the wonderful opportunity of training approximately 35 boys from grades 3-6 in lacrosse on one-half of a field. I can only imagine what it must look like to an outsider to see every square inch of the field in use, with balls flying and kids running into each other. Our purpose as …

Resting in Him

There are so many things that I’ve learned about Jesus from examining and reading the gospels. The emotions that Jesus felt as He walked the earth were as strong as the ones that each of us encounters daily. In Matthew 14, Jesus has just heard about the death of John the Baptist, and his response in the midst of his …

Safety

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned through FCA is the integration of our faith into the things we do every day, and I don’t know if there is anything that creates a bigger arena for this than that of competitive sports. Someone who is able to compete in sports without being consumed by the opinion of others, has a …

“It’s all your fault!”

I couldn’t believe what was unfolding before my eyes on the field. We were in the middle of a heated game, and a player on the opposing team swung a stick as hard as he could and struck our player who was already lying on the ground. As the ref was breaking it up, the coach on the other team …

Unity

Some of the closet friends in my life are people I competed with on sports teams many years ago. It’s always great when you run into an old teammate: without hesitation, you instinctively launch into great moments that were shared with one another. Sometimes the conversation is about victories and accomplishments, but most of the time it’s about the great …

NOW Spelled Backwards

Before any success there is always preparation. If I look at my time serving on FCA staff one way that God prepared for me to serve was the special months of my life that I lived in Ed and Dottie Britton’s basement. There were so many special moments and memories, but one of the things I enjoyed the most was …

FILO

The most important minutes of an athletic competition are often the first five and the last five minutes of the game: it’s important to go out strong in the beginning, and there is no point in a hard-fought game that’s more pressure-filled and filled with scrutiny than the final minutes.  When you look back on the game you may find …

Open Highways

Prior to two knee surgeries, some of the greatest times I’ve had with the Lord have been while I was out on training runs, as I enjoy the peace and solitude of training for marathons alone. One of my favorite routes was a straight, country road that cars would rarely travel down. I would make the turn and could venture …

Appetite

In coaching, many times the coaches deliberate on what they can do better or differently to motivate kids. In all my years of coaching there have been few players whom I’ve coached where my greatest challenge was being able to match the player’s hunger and intensity to grow as a player. I’ll never forget the season where I worked with …

Patient Endurance

Exodus 7-11 Oftentimes, I like to hone in on scripture one verse at a time. In addition to that, there is value in looking at a bigger picture of what the Bible can teach us. I find Exodus to be one of the most inspiring books of the Bible. One of my big takeaways from Exodus is Moses’s growing confidence …