Stalfarfar

Stalfarfar

When you think of endurance athletes the category of “grandfather” does not rise to the top on a list of potential competitors.  And yet this is the lore of Gustaf Håkansson.  In 1951 Swedish organizers formed a new 1,000-mile endurance race for cyclists called Sverigeloppet.  They rejected most of the applicants desiring to have only…

Deep Conviction

Deep Conviction

With the arrival and departure of another Memorial Day Weekend, and the mark of one more year of time to be added to now seven decades since the D-Day landing of allied troops on the shore of France on June 6th, 1944, I’ve been thinking about the idea of dying for a cause. In my…

In it to win it!

In it to win it!

The phrase “In it to Win it” is often used to describe the mindset of those competing in athletic events, but is also used regarding “Winning at Life”.  Everyone wants to be a winner, right? Wining means that you are better than those competing against you, and you get want you want, your desires are…

Between Promise and Fulfillment

Between Promise and Fulfillment

It’s hard, sometimes, to figure out what God’s doing in the midst of tragedy, or difficulty, or despair. If the year 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that Job’s friend was right on when he said that “man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). There are things that happen in…

Out of Bounds

Out of Bounds

As a former official, athletic director, and coach, I have come to know a lot about “out of bound lines”. Boundary lines in a sport are necessary not to only play the game but manage it as well. Even though some sports use the “out of bounds” lines differently to manage the sport, they all…

Lost in a Corn Field

Lost in a Corn Field

In the early years of our marriage, I wanted to take my wife to visit my Aunt Nell and Uncle Homer who lived in Twiggs County Georgia; to the farm. The farm is where I had spent many summers as a young boy and well into my teen years. I had many great memories of…