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 …

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 …