Mound Visits, 2/13/17

Even though it’s been years since I’ve coached, I often still have a few anxious thoughts when I hear coaches talk about starting a new season of competition. I was given a quote by a friend right before opening day many years ago: “When you have done all you can do to prepare, await the […]

Mound Visits, 2/11/17

When we become self-centered and ungrateful, we are like “a turtle on a fence post.” We’re on top but we have no idea how we arrived. In 1 Corinthians 4:7, Paul had three important questions for people on top: 1. For who makes you different than anyone else? 2. What do you have that you […]

Mound Visits, 2/10/17

Sometimes life comes at us like a stampede. Words and explanations fail us. During those times all we can do is hold on. Yes, hold on. Hebrews 10::23 says it best, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” Even during life’s most tumultuous challenges, we have a […]

Mound Visits, 2/9/17

My friend Harold Morris used to say, “You are who you’re with.” That is true. Hang with negative people, you become negative. Spend time with positive, “sharp” people, you become more productive. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”(Proverbs 27:17)

Mound Visits, 2/8/17

In his coaching days at UCLA, John Wooden would instruct his players to “be quick, but don’t hurry.” When I think of this, I’m always reminded of what James said a couple of thousand years ago: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19). Coach Wooden’s advice […]

Mound Visits, 2/7/17

A wise and very honest man once said, “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.” How convicting it is for me when I think about how Christ has forgiven ALL my sins, yet I delay or “forget” to forgive those who I think have wronged me. The I must […]

Mound Visits, 2/6/17

Humility is not self-degradation; it’s a realistic assessment of ourselves and a willingness to serve those around us. Jesus explains it better in this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host […]

Mound Visits, 2/4/17

My theme for the past year or so has been, “I’m happier when I’m thankful.” It’s amazing how much better my day goes if I start with offering to God what I’m thankful for…family, health, clothes to wear, food to eat and a roof over my head….and much, much more. This morning, I thank God […]

Mound Visits, 2/3/17

My earliest memory, as a 3 or 4 yr. old boy, is walking down a gravel road with my father. He was tall with long strides and I had trouble keeping pace. I had this fear of being left behind. He reaches down with his large strong hand, puts my hand in his and then […]

Mound Visits, 2/2/17

I haven’t met many people in my life who always have their spiritual act together. A few hours after the disciples witnessed Jesus feed thousands with 5 small barley loaves and 2 small fish, these same men were in a boat, in the dark with a fierce storm raging 3 1/2 miles from the shore. […]