5 Ways to Exasperate Kids in Sports

Have you ever noticed a disgruntled, downcast kid? Some time ago, my wife and I noticed one at a kids triathlon. We were there to cheer on our kids who were competing in this swim, bike, and run event. While waiting for our kids on the run portion of the event, we witnessed something disturbing….

“I CAME TO SURF.”

Is winning the ultimate purpose for playing? Even though the 13 year old surfer Bethany Hamilton wanted to win the championship, she had a higher purpose for surfing. What was her secret? Read on to find out.

RUPTURED YET GRATEFUL 

Sports injuries are never expected. That’s why they are so troubling and disappointing. Although the immediate pain of an injury can be excruciating, it is the subsequent change in lifestyle that is most difficult. Anyone who has had to take a break from playing because of an injury knows that reality. On November 30, 2015, while…

WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T QUIT!

Thirteen hours, forty seven minutes, and eight seconds after I began my first Ironman Triathlon, I finished! I FINISHED! Let me see if I can explain the significance of those words…first for me, then for you. For those who may not know, an Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim in open water, immediately…

TRUST THE TRAINING (TRAINER)

The fans are great along a triathlon course. You’ll hear cheers from strangers. Words of encouragement are shouted. Volunteers at aid stations provide physical relief with water and ice. Additionally, one will see signs along the way. Some signs are posted in the ground, while others are held by fans, family, and supporters. Of all the…

ENDURANCE

In the summer of 2013, God graced me with the ability to finish the Buffalo Springs 70.3 Ironman Triathlon, which includes a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run. The experience of training and competing in this event provided the opportunity to learn several lessons about life and reflect on the…

PLAYING FOR GLORY

It’s been said, “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” For the vast majority of the western world, playing is something done for a host of other reasons, but certainly not for the glory of God. Many think that doing something to the glory of God happens at a religious event, such…