Ownership: How do I view all that I have?

1. What, if it was taken from you, would be hardest for you to let go of or give up? How did you become the athlete or coach you are today?  It was likely because of your passion for sports, your dedication to keep getting better, and the hours and hours of hard work you’ve put in.  So if this …

Rest: What’s behind what normally fills my schedule?

1. Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, how full was your schedule?  Which description best fits your life pre-coronavirus pandemic: normal amount of activity, busy, or crazy busy? With the shutdown of sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, social media is filled with posts from athletes and coaches who are trying to find ways to fill their time.  Trick-shot challenges, binge-watching …

To whom or what am I most devoted?

1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how important are sports to you?  Why? Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve watched lots of replays of past sporting events.  Perhaps you can identify.  We’re trying to fill the void left by the absence of live sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Maybe we’re finding it hard to imagine what …

Relationship: What characterizes my approach to growing spiritually?

1. How would you describe your approach to growing spiritually?  What does this look like for you day by day? In a recent conversation with a college wrestler, he shared with me the difference between how he approached weight training when he first started in junior high versus his approach now under the direction of a good strength coach.  Previously, …

Foundation: Upon what am I building my life?

1. What would you say forms the foundation of your life?  Upon what have you been building your life to this point? In the classic movie Hoosiers, the basketball team from the tiny town of Hickory is preparing to play for the high school state championship – against the biggest school they’ve ever faced, in the largest basketball arena they’ve …

I’m Feeling Sad

1. In what ways are you feeling sadness or disappointment because of the impact of the coronavirus? Sports are filled with moments of sheer elation. Sports also have moments of deep disappointment and sadness. I’ve wept alongside teammates on my high school football team after a last-second playoff loss ended our undefeated season, preventing us from fulfilling our dream. You’ve …

“I’m Feeling Confused”

1. What questions do you have for God as a result of what’s happening with the coronavirus? “Why?” As we experience the ongoing and devastating impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on sports as well as the world as a whole, we may be asking, “Why is this happening?” We’re not looking for scientific explanations of how the coronavirus spreads …

“I’m Feeling Like Everything is Out of Control”

1. With all that’s happening because of the coronavirus, what areas of your life now seem like they’re out of your control?  How does this make you feel? Coaches and athletes mark time more by the sports calendar than the actual calendar. Every year we could count on certain events at certain times: the start of our sports season, March …

“I’m Feeling Frustrated”

1. In what ways are you struggling with frustration and anger because of the impact of the coronavirus? If you are a coach or athlete whose season was suddenly brought to an abrupt end or canceled even before it started as a result of coronavirus concerns, you’re likely feeling frustrated. Maybe you’re feeling angry that something you love so much …

“I’m Feeling Anxious”

1. What specific anxieties and fears have you been experiencing in this time of coronavirus concerns? In the sports world, courage is essential for success. Pushing yourself harder in training and practices so that you can get better at your sport takes courage. Having the chance to be successful against great competition means you can’t be afraid to fail and …