One of my highlights every fall is coaching the DMS tennis team. I’ve been coaching for many years and I continue to enjoy it. I can’t say enough positive things about the coaches I work with and the players I coach.

Our tennis courts are sandwiched in-between both the soccer field and the football field. Because of that we have to endure many sounds, many cheers, and essentially everything that goes with those sports. These present many frustrations at times but there is one thing that I will never grow tired of…

-The National Anthem-

This is something that will be etched in my mind permanently. Every time the national anthem is played all of our players and most of our parents stop right where they are and face the flag. It doesn’t matter whether they are talking or playing on the courts, everything just freezes. Even now, just thinking about it sends chills up my spine!

There are few things that could make me more proud.

Thank you DMS tennis team!

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1. Tennis, youth ministry, and teaching school should not be done at the same time. I absolutely love doing what I do but it is so draining! It also takes its toll on me and my family.

2. Certain kinds of plastics leach harmful chemicals. I guess I knew that but I haven’t started paying attention to that until recently.

3. Chlorine and flouride could also be dangerous to the body.

Disclaimer: there is a lot of information and “research” out there and I am not a scientist. I do not attest to the accuracy of these claims. It has given me something to think about though.

4. The Sermon on the Mount passage in Matthew 5-7 is an amazing passage! We started studying it this summer with our youth group (3-D) and it is powerful. At the heart is the “heart.”

5. Impatience shows a lack of humility. This one has been really difficult for me to learn. It first got my attention as I was listening to a message by C.J. Mahaney. Here is the main idea – I get impatient when things don’t go my way. Selfishness is when I want things my way. Impatience, therefore, is a form of selfishness. When I am being selfish I do not have a proper view of myself. When I have an improper view of myself I do not look at God properly either. In the end it shows that I lack humility and need to re-orient my focus back towards God. “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).”

6. Life is short. A friend of ours, approximately the same age, is going through the final stages of cancer. It makes you reconsider a lot of things.

7. My thinking goes all over the place and that’s okay!