Archive for the 'Perspective' Category

The Sounds of Sirens

I was enjoying my son’s high school soccer game when the relative calm and normalcy of that warm September afternoon was shattered by a sound that is both distinctive and alarming—the sound of sirens. The shrill whine seemed out of place at such a pleasant moment, and forcibly demanded my attention. Singer Don Henley is…

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Caring For Our Bodies

Back in the day, baseball players would arrive at spring training and football players would arrive at their training camps with one goal in mind—to get in shape for the upcoming season. This would involve the necessary exercises and running to get into competitive condition for the season, and let them work their way into…

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Many Ways… One Way

As I am writing this article, I am with my wife, Marlene, in England where we had a Bible conference in Liverpool this past weekend. As Marlene and I explored the city a little bit, I saw a shop for football gear. Not American football, but world football (soccer). Not far from there was another shop…

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Pioneers and Pioneering

Last Friday, I was saddened to hear of the death of Earl Lloyd. While not as widely known as Jackie Robinson in baseball, Lloyd was a pioneer in his own right—becoming the first African American player to play a game in the National Basketball Association. ESPN.com reported that Lloyd made history in 1950 by appearing…

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The Art Of Constructive Criticism

I’m fascinated by what the television networks call “analysts” or “color commentators.” Their role is to inform the viewer about what is happening and why it is happening that way. Sometimes they do that through praise, and sometimes they do that through criticism. Both have their place—but they must be measured. I think about this,…

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Building A Lasting Marriage

Relationships are hard. They require effort, and they require commitment—and often we struggle with both. This becomes even more real when we consider marriage. Marriage is the most significant of human relationships, yet it seems to often get our leftovers, instead of our best. Imagine an NFL player taking that approach to his career or…

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Facing Consequences

Sports is an area of life where consequences are consistently faced, whether it be a penalty flag that costs your team a first down or a more serious action resulting in being ejected from the game or even being suspended for the next game. Some consequences are more far-reaching. We have seen athletes suspended for…

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Wanting To Hit Back

We’ve all seen it—an NBA forward takes a hard foul, and gets up swinging his fists. A pitcher throws at a hitter’s head, and both benches clear for an on-field shoving match. Hockey players drop their gloves and start going at each other. The intensity of emotions that are stirred in the midst of competition…

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Don’t Quit

In the award-winning film “Chariots of Fire,” one of the characters chronicled (alongside Scottish sprinter and missionary to China, Eric Liddell) is legendary British sprinter Harold Abrahams. Abrahams is obsessed with winning, but in a preliminary 100 meter dash leading up to the 1924 Olympics, he is soundly beaten by his rival, Liddell. His response…

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Airing Dirty Laundry  

During this past year, we have been reminded of the human frailty of some big names in sports. It is painful to watch a person’s life being systematically shredded and exposed before the gawking eyes of a voyeuristic world. In the midst of wrongdoing, disruption of family, and, in some cases, even death, we witness…

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