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  • Whole Life: Circles are better than Rows

    Oct 29, 2014


    By: Cassie Mackell, Circles are better than Rows

    “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

    No matter what God has called us to do, everything that we do should ultimately lead others closer to Him. That is something that my parents emphasized to me growing up. Now that I am in the “real world,” it rings truer each and every day.

    What am I doing to bring others closer to God? As a coach, am I checking my own desires at the door and allowing the Holy Spirit to work? As a fellow sister in Christ, let me share some things my husband and I try to do to make sure we are being obedient. Are we perfect? Absolutely not. But hopefully this will encourage you with what you are personally going through right now.


    “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6

    This is something we are trying to make a habit of doing. We pray before practices and matches with our teams. Yes, of course we pray that we play well, but for us it is important to recognize that God gives us the talents we have and that we ultimately use them for His glory. At night my husband and I pray that God uses us in our coaching to bring others closer to Him. We pray that he gives us the wisdom to guide our teams in the way that He sees fit. We pray that while we are super competitive, that He continually shows us the bigger picture in life. Not our will, but His be done.

    “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1Thessalonians 5:11

    Everyone has their struggles, their insecurities. As a coach and colleague, what can I do to encourage those around me? It is so easy to get caught up in the negative things around us. Sometimes it is easier to be negative than positive. Maybe a note of encouragement to a friend is something that needs to be a part of my routine. Have I asked Him to place someone on my heart that might need encouragement this week? More importantly, am I acting on the Holy Spirit’s prompting?

    “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

    Circles are better than rows. That is something my church has been pushing this past year. We are not made to do life alone. Yes, going to church on Sundays is all well and good, but we need something more. We need to be connected to other fellow believers. That is how we grow in our faith and relationship with God. As a coach, it is easy to get caught up in everything coaching. Whether it would be practices, game day or recruiting, there is always something to do. My husband has really taken the charge of this portion of our lives. He makes the extra effort to get connected. We need to be feeding ourselves spiritually. If you are not connected, you need to get in a group with other believers. Whether it would be FCA or a group Bible Study, we need to be connecting with other Christians.  It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, but I challenge you to make the time to connect. Circles are better than rows.

  • Whole Life: Service and Social Justice

    Oct 09, 2014
    I had time this summer to actually read a whole book— it was a gift that was sent to me by a friend who knows me well, is an avid reader, whom I respect greatly and who often puts the right book into my hands at the right time! Tattoos on the Heart, by Gregory Boyle, was written by a Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy Industries. Homeboy Industries is a gang intervention program located in Boyles Heights, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. Father Boyle’s honest, reflective and probing vignettes of his experience with gang members was helpful to me in addressing the tension I feel between promoting service work and working for social change. One is popular, one not so much. As Archbishop Don Helder Camero is quoted as saying, “When I fed the poor, they called me a saint; when I asked why they were poor, they called me a communist.”
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  • Living Word: Which Brother are You?

    Oct 02, 2014
    The last two Sundays of September’s gospel readings have been parables that transpired in the vineyard. The vineyard in these teaching moments is symmetrical to the seasons of a Christian’s life. A seed is planted in fertile ground, watered by the rain, nourished by the sun, pruned by human hand, blessed with bounty and then shrivel and lay dormant for another season. So too, our Christian lives are grounded in rich soil (the Church/Jesus) and God provides all the tools we need to become bountiful. Our responsibility is to feed our souls daily with praise to the Father, humility, grace, compassion, patience and more. Easier said than done – right?
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  • Crossroads: It Was Never Good Enough

    Sep 12, 2014
    Forgiving others is so incredibly important, but the struggle that’s always been on my heart in regard to reconciliation is forgiving myself. It’s always been a fight and I know that it probably always will be, but I think the take-away point and the thing that I learn out of all of this. . .
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