When the Lord brought me to Virginia Beach almost eight years ago, I was coming to teach English. On the side, I was offered the opportunity to coach both volleyball and basketball for the girls. It’s not why I came to Virginia Beach, but coaching has helped develop my spiritual life these past eight seasons. There are too many stories to tell in a short setting like this, but as I look back as my coaching “career” comes to an end, one theme for all my teams comes to the top. I made it my goal early on as a coach not to emphasize winning! That may seem strange in the realm of sports, but my goal has been to make the players on my teams learn life lessons from sports and seek to glorify God on and off the court. If my teams never won a game, it would be okay as long as the girls walk away knowing they have glorified God with their lives. I love to play sports, but I have grown to love coaching and mentoring young ladies these last eight years more than I love playing. A team tradition before each game has been for us to pray together as a team and then to quote together I Corinthians 10:31 – “Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do ALL to the glory of God.” As I lead my team to one more tournament on the court this weekend, I trust that when they leave the court this season, they will remember the truths of God’s Word more than any volleyball or basketball game.
I Timothy 4:8 ~ For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.