diamond devotions

Daily Wisdom and challenges from
Scripture, illustrated by the game.

Dealing with Selfish People

"Unbelievable." That was my thought when I heard the story. "How could you treat someone like that?," I wondered aloud. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. He wasn't one of "their guys." He didn't grow up with the rest of them. His parents didn't...

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Overcoming Entitlement and Anger

He was always angry. It burned inside of him. Although he seemed to enjoy it, the rage tormented him. He played angry, coached, angry, parented angry. And he felt like everyone owed him something. No one wanted to be around him.  Deep down, he wanted something to...

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Telling Baseball Stories

Sometimes, the stories I tell about things that happened in my playing or coaching career aren't exactly true. They're mostly true, but not exactly true. After all, what's a baseball story without a little embellishment? Of course, the telling of an old baseball story...

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Separating from the Pack

Every player is looking for a way to separate himself from the pack. Some can do that by their performance on the field. Not all can, however. Is there a biblical way to distinguish yourself as a player, as a coach, and to help others do the same? You and I will all...

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In Baseball We Trust?

It was only when he got a team full of better players that he felt like a success. And he enjoyed the attention and accolades that came with it. The team he coached over the past two years consisted of sub-par players with little experience. Now, he had put together a...

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Labeled?

Coaches can easily label their players…there is the kind who doesn't really care, the kind who play because their parents want them to, the kind who are in it for themselves, the kind who would run through a wall for you, the kind who never stops working…etc. There...

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Even the Opposing Fans Admired Him

The home fans loved him. He could do no wrong in their eyes. Running hard on even routine plays, he impressed them with his work ethic and skill. He got there early, stayed late, was involved in the community, and did everything the local hero should do. And they...

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Reminder: Words Matter

He never saw it happening. Over and over, he simply told his players he loved them and thought they could do it. He knew them, knew what their hurts and fears were, knew how to really get to them with what he said. And he used his words accordingly, building them up,...

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The Older I Get, The Better I Was

Isn't it interesting how baseball guys tend to misremember the facts of their careers? The same old stories get better and better with every retelling. “The older I get, the better I was.” In most cases, it's for effect and is entirely innocent. However, if we aren't...

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