diamond devotions

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

Calm Down

His mentors all told him the same thing. Calm down. He knew it. From his earliest years, he could not control his emotions and the resulting words that flowed from his mouth. Yet, in order to have sustained success, even to simply keep his position with the team, he...

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Someone To Talk To

He was struggling. So much was happening that he didn't understand. At home. With the team. At school. It seemed that everything was caving in around him. He needed someone to talk to, but the fear of someone posting it on social media prevented him from discussing it...

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How To Fail Miserably

He could guarantee them one thing: if they kept doing it their way, refused to be coachable...they would fail. It might not happen immediately, since they were pretty talented, but it would eventually catch up with them. He knew that one day they would face someone...

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How To Always Know What To Do

It's not an easy thing to be a coach or a team leader. There's no exhaustive training for it, nothing that covers all the bases, no class to take that prepares a coach or leader for everything he will face. Adversity and confusion comes from all angles and...

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Three Tools of a Great Encourager

He was the team's voice, its cheerleader. Whenever someone needed encouragement, he was their guy. Whenever things got quiet in the dugout, he picked up the volume. He always seemed to know the right thing to say at the right time to elevate everyone else around him....

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Strength That Doesn’t Run Out

He didn't appear to be much physically. Short, thin, a guy who many would view as weak. He was overlooked his whole life, really, never getting the opportunities offered to bigger and stronger players. At times, he got frustrated. It seemed that no matter what he did,...

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Flattery, Discernment, and Deception

He was flattered, to say the least. His son was being pursued by all the best teams and organizations. Each coach he talked to praised his son and promised the best experience for him. As flattered as he was, he was also confused. They all seemed to promise so much,...

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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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