Coaches Corner Summer 2013
Sometimes life throws us a curveball when we were looking for a fastball. Curveballs can throw a hitter’s timing off in the game and in life curveballs can throw us for a loop. I had a couple of curves thrown my way this weekend.
On Friday afternoon I received word that a member of my Ministers’ Support group ( 24 years in existence) died suddenly of a heart attack. Lee Ray Greene was a servant of God who loved the Lord and his family with all his heart. Lee Ray was a kind gentle man who served God well in his years of ministry. Lee Ray had a heart to see folks reached for Christ and a special love for the people of Africa who he served in many Mission Trips. I was blessed to call him friend and Lee Ray will be greatly missed. Please pray for Lee Ray’s wife Beth and his two daughters.
On Sunday evening life threw another curveball. Joe Matera who I have served with in FCA Sports Specific Ministries died after a lengthy battle with cancer. Joe was the National Director of Surf and Board Sports for FCA. Joe’s faith has inspired many of us during this battle. He loved the Lord and his family and served both with excellence. Joe was a friend who could light up a room with his smile and great sense of humor. We may never know how many people Joe touched with his life and his faith. He was my friend and I was blessed by him in so many ways! Please pray for his wife Laura and daughters Claire, Kate, and Louise.
I loved those two servants of God who are now enjoying fellowship with the Master in heaven. Selfishly I am going to miss them and the impact they had as my friends. Both of these men were younger than I am now at 58.
We never want to think about death, it always happens to someone else or their family and friends. But death is on the horizon for all of us and our families. These curveballs that have been thrown to me should remind us all to live life each day to the fullest. We should take the time to let our families know how much we love them. We need to serve God with all our hearts as these two men did each day.
May we live life with no regrets. Take time today to tell those family and friends how much you love them. Make sure you have taken care of your family by having a will. Make each and every day a day to serve God with your whole heart! Say thank you each day and smile each day.
The more we live life to the fullest for God and our families each day, the more we can handle life’s curveballs. For when the curveballs come, it is our faith in God and our relationship with Him that gets us through those times. I am grateful for you, your families, and your teams. May God bless you and He will always be there when life throws a curve!
Posted on Mon, July 22, 2013
by David Daly