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First, Me First

First, Me First

First, we should recognize that we must understand it’s not a good idea to put ourselves… first.
Most of us, at some point in our lives, have heard the following words, or the phrase that we may or may not know originate from one of two Bible verse’s…
Matthew 19:30 that says; “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
And…
Matthew 20:16 that says;So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
A very strange concept… especially for an athlete… right?
Don’t worry.
Calm Down.
T
hese verses have nothing to do with where you might finish in a race, or winning or losing in any type of athletic competition.
Still…
Maybe you are reading these words for the first time?  Or maybe you remember hearing someone read them or say them to you?
Did you totally reject the concept and quickly label this concept as ridiculous and totally unfair!
Why would you not want to be
First in everything?
Why would you not want to be first in a race, a board game, a football, basketball, soccer, or baseball game?
Who would anyone think ‘last’ would be a desired goal?  Who in the world would want to finish last?

Actually… if one really looks at these verses in context; one would come to realize these words have nothing to do with being  first in a race, winning a game, or being first in any sort of athletic competition. First vs. Last has to do with The Big Race… (learn more here!)
Believe it or not…
First vs. Last has nothing to do with this Chalk Talk blog post.
So, why the title;
“First, Me First”.
Well.. to explain that I must bre/ak a BIG RULE of mine right off the bat here in the first Blog Post.
What rule is it?
Never talk about ME!
However…
For this
first blog post… It is important for you to know that everything shared here… I must apply to ME First!
After all WE are in this together.
So, I  or Me…. must
first act on these thoughts I share here in these blog’s.
I must walk alongside what I am
led to write here and keep pace in putting them into practice in my daily walk.
I must think on these words and how they will certainly apply in my world, my life.
I must live them
first.

We should all be challenging each other constantly and forever we should hold one another accountable.
We should always strive for wisdom, putting wisdom into motion and trusting it to le
ad us to doing the next right thing.  And, when we hit that mark…  when we ring that bell and we win the round… We should rejoice with great joy and encourage one another to continue training in wisdom!
And when we fall… we should get back up… help each other up!  We should be very careful not to judge one another. We should be accountable brave enough to take our lumps, and get back to training and learning, trying to get it right.  You know, maybe get a little “Chalk Talk”!

Know this; You … Me… We are all fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:14)
Fearful and Wonderful.
Yep..that’s us..
No matter what, Don’t forget that… Fearful and Wonderful.  Even when we fall.
So… Here WE go!
First, me first and I could only hope to finish Last (read more here about first and last)

#coachbk

Not because you must, but because you are willing.

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Suit Up and Scoot Up! Chalk Talk’s are Back!

Bring it in.
Chalk Talk’s are Back!!!

Alright everybody listen up.
Bring it in.
It’s time for a Chalk Talk.

Some of you may be return visitors?  You may or may not remember the last series of blog’s I posted that inspired my book “Chalk Talk” Vol.1?
Regardless of which category you fall into, I am glad you have found your way here to this right now moment…  to this brand new series of Chalk Talk’s .

I do not expect everyone to be familiar with my life: performing, music, plays and books, or what I have been doing for the past three plus years that that had me traveling across North America with my big wonderful road family, watching history being made and meeting the most incredible people!

I always feel blessed to share this amazing wonderful life that continues daily to sit me in the front seat of a ride that I would have never dreamed possible.
And… although this ride has not ever been exempt from a back trail complete with both victories and defeats, it has left me in awe of the most amazing experiences in the world’s of Athletics, Music and Entertainment.

All of this leading me to look back asking why me?  A huge part of this answer is understanding the great value and need of a mentor, an advocate, or maybe more commonly put… a Coach.
A coach with years of experience producing what the Bible says is to be sought as a great treasure; wisdom.  Wisdom allowing a coach the ability to observe and understand each of player… using experience to prepare, guide, direct, identify, motivate, teach, push, heal, listen, encourage and even demand each player they coach to become and to be their very best in any game type situation, especially LIFE!

I have benefited my entire life from the wisdom of my coaches… I still do and always will. I thank God for each of them.

I can always count on my mentor’s and Coaches to take a time out… call me over for a Chalk Talk. A life pause… taking a much needed moment to just slow things down, to just take a breath.  Other times… to give me a much needed swift kick in the rear. No matter which… they are always setting a course, identifying a clear direction getting me back in the game.

So, Suit Up and Scoot Up!
Get ready to think, practice and move… so you can be your best!
We need you!

Chalk Talk’s are Back!

“Not because you must, but because you are willing”

Chalk Talk Vol. 1  available on Amazon.com (Click Here)

Podcast coming June 25th!

 

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