Merry Christmas!

I wish each of you a very Merry Christmas week.

There will be one last blog next week as I see what is next in my life. I will be retiring from UPI after 38 years and look forward to what God might have next for me.

Stay tuned…I just may show up again in blogsville 🙂

Thanks for YEARS of reading and feedback!!

Someone cares

Educated, Uneducated. God loves you.

Common laborer, CEO. God loves you.

First Grade Student, College Professor. God loves you.

Success, Failure. God loves you.

Coach, Umpire. God loves you.

“God doesn’t love us because of who we are. God loves us because of who He is.”

“…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 1:6)

Keith Madison

Are sports wrong?

There are two common wrong attitudes to sport – some dismiss sports as merely a game, while others worship sports as nearly a God. When viewed through the lens of Scripture, however, we will see that sport is more than a game, less than a God, and when transformed by the gospel can be received as a gift.

As people we were created to play. Play does not have a secondary purpose. It is simply creatively delighting in and enjoying God’s good creation for its own sake.

Like a father who builds a sandbox for his children, God is honoured and takes joy when his sons and daughters delight in his workmanship. John Calvin called the world “the theatre of God’s glory” but it is also the playground of God’s goodness.

Sports and competition are gifts of God in creation to be richly enjoyed with thanksgiving.

Why do people play sports? On the one hand, men and women play sports because they are created to play and want to use their gifts to glorify God. On the other hand, people often play sports as a way to justify themselves, to prove themselves to the world.

When sinners understand that they are justified by the blood of Christ, this frees them from having to justify themselves through their accomplishments. Sports then become a gift; they no longer bear the pressure of being the way that we prove ourselves to the world.

Stuart Weir

Patience my friend…


Paul wrote to the Hebrew church and said, “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”.

Understand patience is not a natural trait. Some people have a natural tendency to be flexible, tolerant, resistant, lenient, or reserved, but this isn’t patience because pushed to the limit this will run out and what we think is patience will quit, give up, turn away, and fail to stick with

You’ve been through too much – stick with it.

It’s too hard – stick with it.

WHY?

Victory is yours – stick with it.

God has a blessing for you – stick with it.

Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world so – stick with it.

Your future depends on it – stick with it.
Coach Campman

Life after death?

Home or away

We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.Corinthians 4:8

Death is the ultimate reality for humans. It is a subject people prefer not to talk about. Paul has no such reluctance to face the issue. For him death – no longer being in his earthly body – means that he is at home with the Lord.

When we understand that it gives us a perspective on life. God has put us on earth and expects us to be active – to work and play. It is totally right that we take our career seriously, that we strive to achieve our potential.

Wanting to do the best that we can with the talents he has given us is 100% the right thing to do. At the same time we need to keep things in perspective. I recently had a Bible Study with a group of athletes at a Diamond League. We joked about meeting again in 1000 years. For all the athletes the next day’s races were really important – and rightly so. But we also agreed that when we met again in 1000 years who had won the Diamond League 100 metres in 2018 probably wouldn’t seem that important!

When you think ahead to a time when your earthly life is over, is “at home with the Lord” the image that comes to mind?

It should be.

S. Weir