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Letters to the Boys: God is a Strength Coach


Boys, I love you so much, let me just start with that. I can look at this picture with me off in the background and get teary-eyed just thinking about the fun times we’ve had so far.

But memories will be what I write about next entry.

For today, I want to speak to you from a position of vulnerability and truth.

There have been so many times when I have wanted to throw in the towel and go back to an easier path. As you may recall, your dad started out as a physical education teacher. It was a career I loved and I sometimes wonder what I could have done in that realm had I stayed with it.

And by no means I am saying it is easy. In my opinion, when a true physical education teacher ‘shows up’ it is one of the most important professions there is. Again, another topic, so lets leave that at that for now.

What I mean is that when times have gotten tough, I’ve wondered what it would have been like to stay on an 8am-3pm schedule, chill out, hang out and not have to worry about all the ‘what-ifs’ of being an entrepreneur.

Yet, this was my calling.

Every time I have heard the urge to try and crawl back into my old comfort zone, I think of you guys. I look at your pictures and I meditate on some of those memories.

The mission of my life is to inspire people to transform their lives. That includes you guys as well. Vince, my good friend and mentor, once told me that having kids would be rocket fuel for my career.

I now know what he meant.

Everytime you want to shrink down in life and crawl into a safer space, know that you can’t. Once you throw away that key to that particular door its gone forever, because you’ve been exposed to a new line of thought, a higher level of thought.

Life isn’t supposed to be comfortable. We are supposed to struggle. That is how the caterpillar turns into a butterfly with beautiful wings. It struggles to turn into something great and wonderous.

Somehow, someway, strength training became the foundation for my life. All other things have started with that. I don’t think I would have met mom had it not been for the gym because the gym led to one path that led me to teaching and so on.

When I destroyed my first knee, I thought about all the hours I had already put into building up my body, overcoming fatigue, pushing when no one else cared. Playing mental games, talking to myself in the third person so I could push harder and so on. And I realized then that all the training had a deeper purpose and that purpose was to overcome the tough times.

When God gives us struggles, he is our spiritual strength Coach. When our beliefs and thoughts are put to the test, God is there, being our mental strength Coach.

You train in the gym to overcome resistance. Sometimes you fail and yes, you must fail, in order to stress the body enough to come back bigger and stronger.

When life gets tough, its God putting you through another spiritual workout.

If you quit, you are only letting yourself and your mission down. Seek out those mental and spiritual training sessions that we call struggle.

I love you guys.

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