Emma’s basketball season is officially over. I had an absolute blast coaching her team. There were only 5 girls on her team, so they all had to play constantly. The girls listened, they helped each other out, they had fun, they showed sportsmanship, and they played as a team. I think they won about half their games, but we didn’t keep track of wins & losses and neither does the Upward league that we played in.

One example of the team spirit is one game that sticks in my mind. We were up by 10 points going into the last quarter, but the other team started making a comeback. Our girls were still out there having fun. The other team got within 2 points and there was less than a minute left. Our girls weren’t worried, and they were even trying to get two of the younger girls the ball so they could score. The other team stole the ball and scored at the buzzer to tie the game. Our girls weren’t upset, they were happy that everyone got to score. That’s teamwork and that is sportsmanship.

The awards ceremony for the league was held last week. They only give out one award for the coaches, one for the boys, and one for the girls. It is the “Christlikeness” Award. The boys and girls awards both went to kids from our church, and I was humbled and honored with the coach award. It really was easy coaching the girls that I had, they were great. But the awards show the kind of people we have at our church. Isn’t that what “Missional Living” is all about. When people see Christ living in us and working in us throughout the week, they are drawn to what God is doing.


I am a former design engineer who now pastors Cornerstone Community Church in Galax, Virginia. I'm passionate about following Jesus and I love technology. I've been married to Jennifer for 28 years, and we have three adult children.

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