Finding God's Winning Spirit

God's Winning Spirit

Football Season 2015

September 1, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports

Well it is football season! This week starts the craziness that excites, entertains, and unfortunately at times, consumes millions of American lives. An untold number of athletes and coaches at all levels have diligently prepared for this week and season…

 

Sacrifice

August 14, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports

Any athlete worth his or her salt knows what it means to sacrifice. No matter if it is through hours of practice, following a regimented diet or monitoring sleep, athletes have to make sacrifices. They know that there is a correlation between sacrifice a…

 

Play Ball

June 8, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports

I spent most of last week watching the Women's College World Series. For those of you not up on the WCWS it is the women’s college fast-pitch softball national championship held every year in Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I must be hone…

 

Always Being #1 Can Be #2

May 4, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to present a paper at the Sports and Values conference at Newman University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This two-day conference addressed sports from various platforms ranging increased concussions to sport and …

 

Books •A• Million

April 13, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports

As I have said on occasion (probably too often) what concerns me most about my Christian clients is their inability to apply God’s Word to daily life. I am always surprised that when life falls apart these Christian men and women go to Books – A – Million…

 

Travel Ball

March 13, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports

If you have time take a few minutes and look up www.lakepointsports.com. LakePoint Sporting Community is a billion-dollar (that's right billion-dollar) construction project just north of Atlanta that is on track to be one of the world’s largest and most …

 

All Gifts Spiritual

February 23, 2015 | Greg Smith | Sports

Eric Liddell (the "Flying Scotsman”) was known as the fastest man in Scotland and was the inspiration of the movie Chariots of Fire. Although he won the 400 meters in the 1924 Paris Olympics, he is best remembered for his refusal to compete on the Sabba…

 

Water Break

August 28, 2014 | Greg Smith | Sports

Earlier this year I wrote a series of blogs concerning the state and future of sports in this county (Sports Revival 1-3). One of my concerns mentioned was the exorbitant time athletes spent with couches and what criteria where parents using to select the…

 

Where Has Tiger Woods Gone?

June 2, 2014 | Greg Smith | Sports

Tiger Woods spent 264 weeks from August 1999 to September 2004 and 281 weeks from June 2005 to October 2010 as the number one golfer in the world. He dominated the sport of golf and appeared to be on the way to demolishing all records of wins – majors or…

 

Sports Revival (Part Three)

May 5, 2014 | Greg Smith | Sports

I entitled this three-part blog Sports Revival because for us to be able to regain control of sports in is country it will take nothing short of a revival. The first two blogs addressed the warning signs of "sports out of control" and we now need to talk …

 

Sports Revival (Part Two)

April 29, 2014 | Greg Smith | Sports

Yeah, when it comes to sports the tail is wagging the dog. The sports thing has gotten too big and has us by the throat. It is not only the violence and the parent/child obsession with sports on a daily basis (part one) that tells us that we are lost – it…

 

Sports Revival (Part One)

April 22, 2014 | Greg Smith | Sports

Last week my blog addressed the issue of keeping score in sports and our obsession with winning and losing. In that blog I mentioned that sports was totally out of control in this country. I've had some responses to that blog asking me to expand on what "…

 

Play On

April 7, 2014 | Greg Smith | Sports

Ten days ago I had total hip replacement surgery done on my left hip. Even as I write this is hard to believe that a young man, like myself, would have to have such an "old man surgery". After all, 62 is not that old (obviously I have some denial issues t…

 

Finding God's Winning Spirit

March 7, 2014 | Greg Smith | Sports

God is a winner. He does not come in second place; miss the final shot or false-start. God is always victorious; He has never coached a losing team. As a member of His team we are winners too. We are chosen, equipped and positioned for victory. It is only…

 

Victory

December 16, 2013 | Greg Smith | Sports

The goal of any athlete is to win. In athletics winning is everything. John Madden once said, “The only yardstick for success our society has is being a champion. No one remembers anything else.” Paul (Bear) Bryant has been quoted as saying, “Winning isn’…

 

What is Sports Theology?

December 10, 2013 | Greg Smith | Sports

Quite frankly, I wrote a book on sports theology to make a point. As a Christian counselor working with believers it became evident to me that many of my clients did not believe that their Christian faith was applicable to daily living. What I mean by thi…

 

Compensations

November 18, 2013 | Greg Smith | Sports

About a decade ago I decided I was going to really throw my athletic ability at the game of golf. I have always been a better than average athlete and at that particular time I was about a 10 handicap. My plan was to find the best teaching pro in the area…

 

Balance

October 7, 2013 | Greg Smith | Sports

I often recall what my high school baseball coach used to tell us during infield practice. He would hit us ground balls, then yell, “Make the ball play you, don’t play the ball.” What he meant by this advice was, as infielders, we should never try to gues…