It’s that time of year again. The time of year when sporting goods stores sell out of black Nike running shorts and white tank tops. When tumbling coaches get flooded with emails and phone calls about last minute private lessons to prepare for school tryouts. Oh what a season, the tension is high for both daughter and mom, one would think that ones entire life is hanging in the balance. School cheerleading tryouts can be one of the most stressful events in a young girl’s life (let’s be honest, very few guys don’t make the team). Continue reading
I looked out of my 4th floor window to see the sun rising behind the downtown Atlanta skyline. My heart was beating and the feeling in my stomach wasn’t just the early morning hunger and lack of coffee, but on this particular morning I was embarking on the biggest journey yet as a cheer coach. With a hot cup of coffee, sausage egg and cheese croissant digesting, I entered into the World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta for Cheersport Nationals. Greeted by smell of fresh aerosol hairspray and nearly blinded by the iridescence of rhinestone uniforms I walked into what will become one of the most important events in my history as a coach. Continue reading
I’m sure you’ve heard the old proverb: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” If so, then you know the meaning behind it too.
Working hard all of the time and not enjoying life (playing) makes you dull and boring.
I can remember my time at seminary where there was a large majority of people who (maybe myself included at times) took themselves waaaaaay too seriously. To me, these people were hard to hang around, talk with, and honestly even share the same space. The thing is, when people are put into possessions of leadership, a sense of responsibility and seriousness tends to come with the territory. Continue reading
3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, [f]according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if [g]service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with [h]liberality; he who [i]leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Yesterday, a friend of mine and I had a great discussion from Romans 12. This conversation lead me to start to study and work towards applying the scripture to my life. As a cheerleading coach I felt the application worked wonderfully. I know that Paul wasn’t talking about all-star cheerleading, but I couldn’t help and see how well it fit within our community. I guess that’s how God works. What I would like to do is break chapter 12 of Romans into 4 parts. I will focus one blog on each part and apply the scripture both to the coach and to the athlete. I feel like this is going to help me, and hope that someone might get some encouragement from it as well. Continue reading
Each week at our last practice of the week I take about 10-15 minutes of the end of practice and tell the teams a story. Usually I make it up based on a biblical teaching that had resonated with me earlier in the week. I guess you can call them parables. Sometimes I just take a story directly from the bible and instead of reading it to them I just kind of narrate it to them from memory. Today I did just that and the lesson hit me right between the eyes. Continue reading