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Leaders are Servers

Hey Coaches, Captain’s, and all that are placed, or find themselves in a leadership role;

We are not better than, above, or more than other’s.

We are servants.

Think of it when you are in a restaurant… your server is your leader. Think about and observe how they humble themselves to serve you. They do not treat as if you are to serve them.


Chalk Talk vol. 1

Remember it’s not because you must, but because you are willing.

Matthew 23:11


The HOME Button

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It’s Christmas!
What better gift than an iPhone or Android Smart Phone! Although it’s likely everybody already has one. Maybe a new one?
Taking into consideration that most of you have had some experience with a smartphone… you are aware where the HOME BUTTON is.Screen Shot 2018-12-14 at 9.50.33 AM
Do you have any idea how many times a day we click or press this button? in 2013 stated that on average a person check’s their phone 110 times per day… and up to 900 times per day!  That was back in 2013.
     The Home button is pressed at least once during those 110 to 900 times… just to turn it on… and who knows how many times after you check your phone you press the Home button, right? 

Consider the process;
You press the Home button to turn the phone on.
You then press a desired APP.
You press the Home button again.
By doing so you are able to start over.  Go back to the start with a fresh view of all your other options, or other APP’s.
So… You may swipe across the screen navigating pages… from one APP to another, and after locating your desired destination you simply touch the icon and you are there!
     More often than not along you way you may wander a bit and see a different APP that catches your eye, maybe reminds you of something, or makes you curious… so you press its icon, and down the worm hole you go.
     Sometimes you forget where you are?  Sometimes you forget what you intended to do, or you even forget what you started out to do?
     No worry… you simply Press the Home button and you are immediately back where you started from… back HOME, and you are able to begin again.

The Home Button

This Christmas I hope you all have a Home Button
     A place that after a year of plans, desire’s, dreams, tragedy, love, joy, failure, success, heartbreak, bad news, good news, birth’s, death, birthday’s, resolution’s, break-up’s, marriage’s, celebration, worship, unanswered questions and deep breaths… I hope you can press a home button and find yourself at HOME.
     APP’s are like adventure’s, right?
     You have uploaded, downloaded, side loaded, swiped, deleted, added, purchased, and you certainly have become frustrated with this APP or that APP.  Some adventures (app’s) were fun, some boring, some helpful, some a waste of time.
     Recently my buddy in Texas told me; “My life feels like one of those APP things … when I want to move it from one page to another… I hold it down and it starts shaking rapidly!  Like it’s crazy!  That’s what I feel like.”  Could it be we are all like that when we try to re-arrange things?  When we try to move something closer to home or further away from home?  Sometimes it’s just scary or it doesn’t work… we put it in the wrong place on accident.  What do we do?
     I told him to “Press the Home Button”.  GO HOME. Notice going home requires a decision and an action.
     Then the thought occurred to me; we ALL do not have a Home, or a place where we can go. Maybe we don’t have a home we find on a firm foundation.  We don’t have a place to regain our balance, purpose, and courage to adventure back out… so we press another APP.. then another. Finally… we gather the courage to try something new or delete something we know isn’t good for us. We move into a new portal in life, trying another predictable or unpredictable adventure and find ourselves shaky!
   It’s Christmas… and even though you may or may not find room at the Inn…  You have a place to go and someone to help build your own. 
Jesus said;

Matthew 7: 24-27

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

     No matter where you come from. No matter what your earthly Home button is or was like…  Good News!  You have another Home always available to you. There you will find other’s with the same heart.  There is a Home there for you. There in that home, there are many rooms.   John 14: 2

     And don’t worry all you new Android / iPhone user’s.  You may not have a physical HOME button, but HOME knows your Face and it’s always waiting and welcoming the chance to see it.
Home always recognizes your face!

I wish you all a Merry Merry Christmas!
A perfect time to Press the Home Button, or at least show your face there.
God Bless You All.


It’s not because you must, but because you are willing. 




Perfect Time Zone


Who’s time zone do you LIVE in?
Man’s time zone is practically ‘instant’. You see it… you want it… Click a button or two ⌨️ and you can get it within a day! But, then there are the things we can’t see; Tomorrow, Next week, Next game, Next season, College, Relationship’s, Career, Marriage?
These things you cannot know in an instant.
Should you stay in man’s time zone you might stay frustrated. You might worry, stress and find yourself anxious and grow disappointed because you want results NOW!

How about considering God’s Time Zone?
Work your butt off, ?️‍♂️??‍♂️?‍♀️make good choices ?and be patient. Gods timing is perfect. Live in it!  Because when you do… what will you experience? Perfect Timing!⏱
Romans 8:25 “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience”


Not because you must but because you are willing


The Bar

The Bar.

It’s laying right in front of you flat on the ground.  From there… it cannot get any lower.

You stand with your feet right up to the edge of the bar.
In front of you are two poles with notches on them, each notch representing something related to goals or dreams.

You have many options;
You can walk away from your goals and dreams.
You can bend over… pick up the bar and move yourself toward the two poles. (this action alone is sometimes a seemingly huge goal… you can do it)
You can set the bar very low or you can set the bar; high, higher or highest.

I hope you choose to at least pick up the bar and move toward your goals and dreams.
Then I hope you take time to take carefully notice what each notch on the poles represent to you.
Be as specific as you can!
Maybe you start on the first notch?  That’s awesome! It’s a start.
Be determined to find a way to clear that bar.
It might take time.
You might have to practice and you might/will fail.
Still, practice and practice more. Do not quit!
Know… you can clear that bar! And, when you clear that bar… Raise it.

You will find each time you clear the bar you will be so excited and even look forward to raising it!

Should you have a fear of heights, don’t worry, you will gradually overcome this fear. You will become more sure and  brave each time your clear and raise the bar!
Then one day you will find your arms are raised to their maximum height placing the bar on the highest notch you can possibly reach.
And… when you clear that bar?  Look for people that are taller in stature and wisdom that see your abilities and gifts and that will raise the bar even higher.
These people will help you, coach you, encourage you, and give you a leg up!

Go ahead… pick up the bar.


Not because you must but because you are willing.


Your List

Scoot up and listen up and think about this…

What you have is nothing unless you; use it, let someone else use it, sell it, or you give it.

Take time to think about why you have what you have… and what you will do with it.

This Chalk Talk encourages you take inventory.

Make a list of what you have.

You might at first list material processions, that’s fine but don’t forget non-material gifts!

Concentrate on other gifts you will discover in your; personality, talents, and specific traits that others notice and cause them to be drawn to you.

Study your list and think… what you will do with what you have?


Not because you must but because you are willing.


Breaking down tape / life


Alright, scoot up and listen up.
I would ask that all Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Hockey… and all sport outside football forgive my using the football model for this Chalk Talk.

Anyone that has ever played sports on a serious platform has studied tape.  Coaches and teams spend hours and hours breaking down tape.  They do this by taking the tape of the previous game(S) footage and cutting it, or editing it, into sections, something like this; Offense, Defense, Special Teams and trick plays.

We have spoken often here of the Coaching tools during our Chalk Talk’s of the use of the letters X and O, and what each represents; O for Offense, and X for defense.  Other sports might just use them to represent their own team vs. opponent.

We have also spoken of how valuable it is to know your position’s representation during a chalk talk, so that your coach might show you the design of ta particular play, or what may or may not happen in an predictable or unpredictable situation during a practice or game.

We have also pointed out the importance of TOW letter’s we find just as valuable or even more valuable than X and O, these two letters are; U and Y.  These represent all of us OFF the playing field or court.
U being You.
Y being Why you do the things you do and don’t do.

Today’s Chalk Talk wishes to point out the importance of breaking down your LIFE.
Studying specific situations, events, circumstances and understanding your assignment or a strategy dealing with the each past event we might study and learn from.

When we study tape on our next opponent… we must KNOW who they are, what they do, and what they are capable of.
We might focus on the Tight End, or Quarter Back, Running back, Center, etc.  We watch over and over and study their stance, their tendencies, strength’s and weakness’s (if any).  We learn everything from their height, weight, quickness and speed.
To best prepare us to know what we need to do to have success! To WIN!
So, what do we mean by breaking down tape, studying tape and strategy in LIFE?

Know your x’ and o’s in LIFE!
Know your players. Know those on your team and know those that aren’t on your team.
Breaking down tape in LIFE it’s SO important to study and know both!

Those on your team;
Know your Parents, friends, teachers, coaches.  Get to really know them.
Know the person that cuts your hair, the server at your favorite place to eat… know the person behind the counter at McDonald’s, or________?  Know the cashier at the Grocery Store, learn their NAME! Call them by their NAME.
Get to know them!
These are people on your team!
These are people that help you, serve you, provide you with things you need to have success in all the other things you do and want to do.

Then there are those that are not on your team.  Get to know them and understand their strategies!
Understand the road they wish to lead you down. Study their situations, circumstances. Don’t JUDGE them, but study the reason they are an opponent to YOUR GOALS, your path and the things you wish to achieve. Develop a strategy with your teammates mentioned above to outsmart, outplay, outwork them.

Success depends upon your teammates and of-course you being a good teammate.
Study your last weeks tape.
Study your last years season.
Break down your life’s reel of highlights and see the blocks you received that allowed you to score, who made those blocks… praise them, thank them… and lean on them for the next ‘play’.
Or, break down the block you made to allowed a major score in your life.. or the tackle’s, interception’s, sack’s you made that kept them from scoring!

Break it down.
Prepare yourself!
Coaching Principles provided in abundance in the book of Proverbs.


Not because you must, but because you are willing.