Football Friday – The Reward

It’s that time of year again. The time when sportscasters debate the intricacies and merits of the various post-season college bowl games and awards. Who is in the running for the Heisman? Who will be playing for the National Championship according to the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) computer and who should be? Who faced the toughest opponents, who won with the greatest point margins, and whose statistics are more impressive? It’s all about comparisons …

How Does Your Garden Grow? – Protecting

Ever read the book about Peter Rabbit? That mischievous bunny just couldn’t resist the lure of Mr. McGregor’s garden. Lettuce, carrots, beans, radishes. A feast worth crawling under a gate for. All until he got chased around by an angry gardener with a rake. Part of gardening involves putting up some type of barrier to protect the plants from outside invaders – ranging from children’s (and dog’s) trampling feet to deer to birds to insects.

How Does Your Garden Grow? – Watering

April showers bring May flowers. Or so I heard back in Elementary school. What’s that got to do with growing a garden? Well, in addition to having nutrient-rich soil in a sunny spot, you need water. And not just water on the surface, but deep down where the roots will eventually spread out. Whether it comes as a sprinkling or a downpour, consistent rain is necessary to prevent longterm drought. When the rain comes, do

How Does Your Garden Grow? – Planting

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson Now that my flower beds are ready, my fingers are itching for the garden. But I live in Colorado and it’s too early to plant anything outside. (Way too early since it’s been known to snow around here in May.) Does that mean I’m out of luck? No. There’s plenty to do right now. First, I plan.

Focus on the Present

“Teach us how short our life is, so that we may become wise.” Psalm 90:12 TEV In the middle of my busy days and overflowing to-do list, it’s easy to forget that today might be all that I get. My life’s race may be over in an instant. So, while I make plans and set goals and keep my eyes on the dream, I also need a healthy perspective. I need to be where I

Focus on the Destination

“”But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 3:13-14 NIV Long before I got married and had kids, I used to be a runner. Not a very fast one, but a runner. I competed in both cross-country and track during high school. I even won my age

Friday Focus – Eric Liddell

The son of Scottish missionaries, Eric Liddell was born in China. At the age of six, he and his older brother were sent to a boarding school in England. As he grew, he excelled in athletics, participating on the cricket and rugby teams in addition to running track. Known as the “Flying Scotsman,” he won the AAA championships in 1923 in both the 100 yard and 220 yard races. Results of his races made the

The Race Marked Out

“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” ~Hebrews 12:1b I’m in training to run life’s race with perseverance and I hope to finish strong. But, which race am I running? The race marked out for me. That means there is a road I should take to reach my destination. A path marked by the course official. Discovering that route can be a challenge and we’ll save that topic for another day.

Friday Focus – Jesse Owens

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” ~Jesse Owens The seventh out of eleven children, James Cleveland “Jesse” Owens was born in Alabama in 1913. Later, the family moved to Ohio. While working several jobs to help support his family, he discovered his passion for running. He went on to become a track and field athlete and won

Digging Deep

“Self-discipline is when you tell yourself to do something and you don’t talk back.” W. K. Hope “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” ~Zig Ziglar There comes a point in training where the novelty wears off. Where I’d much rather procrastinate or find excuses. Where I lose sight of why I even started this crazy plan. Those are