Tuesday, April 29, 2014


As an endurance athlete, there are times I look at a goal and almost feel there is no way that I can get there from where I am. The truth is, with dedication, practice, time and a lot of sore muscles, I could get there, but it will take a lot of work. With focused preparation, it is amazing what can be accomplished. The truth is, if we do what we can today, we will eventually be able to do what we can’t, tomorrow. Currently, I am training for a 100 foot race with a 30 hour time limit. When I started really training for it, I had a hard time running 7 miles. This week, my biggest day is a 28 mile run. Because I did what I COULD DO YESTERDAY, I am able to accomplish something GREATER TODAY.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

trust your training

Currently, I am training for a 100 mile running race in August of this year.  The thought of running 100 miles can be overwhelming and can bring a lot of doubts.  When I have those moments, I always revert back to having to "trust my training."  In other words, I have done what the training required in order to put myself in the greatest opportunity to accomplish my goal.  This is not saying that it is going to be easy, but that I am equipped as much as possible to win this battle of mind and body.
There is a parallel spiritually here as well.  When we go through the dry spiritual times that we are all bound to face, we have to stick with our spiritual disciplines.  We will eventually get through this, but we have to keep feeding our souls even we don't "feel" hungry.   We have to trust our spiritual training...and more importantly..or TRAINER...the Holy Spirit.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

nursing home

Today, my friend Steve and I went and ministered in 2 of our area's nursing homes.  You learn a lot when you share in their church service.  Things like, how to deal with distractions and surprises.  Today I walked away thinking, about the life I want to live and what I want to leave.  Most of the dear people there are in the final stages of their lives.  I often wondered what they looked like or who they were in the prime of their life.  The truth is, we will all be there someday and only what we have given away will continue to carry-on.  How can I live and give more effectively?  How can I use everything God has entrusted to me to give Him Glory?

Monday, April 7, 2014


This past weekend, our team put on the Gameday Men's Conference with 1,000 men from around Ohio!  I had one of the greatest honors of my life on that Friday night.  I got to preach a 3 generational message with my grandfather and dad.  God moved in a big way and we saw the front of that massive church filled with men crying out to God!  It was truly a powerful night.  The next day Maurice Clarett and Jim Tressel spoke to the guys about overcoming adversity.  I am so proud of our amazing team that pulled the entire event off.  God is so good.