For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The countdown had begun 5,4,3,2,1 as my wife and I gathered in front of the television to watch the ball in Times Square rapidly descend. As the clock struck Midnight the start of the new year began as we watched the huge crowds celebrate and shout “Happy New Year” complete with confetti, noise makers and of course first kisses. The first thought that came to me was only a year ago, I was eating pizza and sharing laughs with the student-athletes and coaching staff as we sat in the hotel lobby in Key Largo , FL to usher in the New Year. Now with that chapter closed behind me, I focused on how God has assigned me to another location.
It was the perfect time to reflect on my journey, one of which has been filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, yet continues to progress. As I described the infamous TPC principles in the book “An Unsung Coach” the talents and purpose we all have will never change, the “C” is the one principle that brings forth change and growth if you are willing to embrace it. I refer to the “C” as the place where you are called to share your talents for the purpose they were given to you. And here I sit just 12 months removed from the experience in Florida embarked on a new journey and giving God all the credit.
One of the many lessons I gathered from my experience as a student-athlete, was that change can and does happen at any time, those who are prepared are the ones who seize the moment and work it to their advantage. Yes I am no longer on the sidelines as a coach, but in many respects I’m still coaching and influencing young adults which after-all is the mission. There is no way to know how this phase of my journey will end, but what I can share is that the young people I encounter on a daily basis have further confirmed that this is the place God has called me and he is in complete control. Until next time!