|(Satay Tour Team Asst. Coach Perry Hunter, Head Coach Kelly Combs, Asst. Coach Anthony Weston, and Asst. Coach Charlie Clary)|
Even though I had figured out what my purpose was, I still didn't know how to really do that purpose, if that makes sense. For anyone who thought I was intense or ridiculous the last few years, they probably would have called the police those first 1-10 years of my coaching career. I knew what I wanted to do, but I didn't know how to do it. Many of those players from those years have thanked me for all I did, and I usually apologize because I could have done better and I am not talking about just on the court..
That gets me to the last two years. As I started to understand my purpose even more, I was starting to understand that purpose had to lead to more than just coaching basketball. I wanted to reach more and different people through my faith. Last fall, I applied to Athlete's in Action and a couple of other organizations and was accepted.
That acceptance and the process helped me to decide to resign as boys' basketball coach at Henryville. I knew there was something that I should be doing greater than what I was doing. So thankfully to some, I resigned.f I am not putting down being a varsity basketball coach. So many men and women are doing a job that is under the microscope by many who wouldn't even consider coaching an elementary team. Asked by friend Matt Denison the other night if I was finished being a head coach, I told him I just didn't know. I will be coaching in the near future, but at what position and where is still unknown to me.
Now I am with Athlete's in Action for a basketball tour. We are going somewhere to play that it is so sensitive, I am not allowed to tell anyone specifically where it is. If you know me close enough, you will know where it is, but it is something I am really looking forward to. As we finish training camp and prepare to fly out this week, I am excited.
My wife, Kristi, may be one of the most supportive wives I know. "Honey, can I go to Eastern Europe and work camps?" Kristi: "That's a great opportunity, you can't pass it up". "Honey, can I go to Iceland and work camps?" Kristi: "How cool, of course you can". "Honey, can I go with Athlete's in Action for a tour to Southeast Asia?" Kristi: "I will help you in any way I can." Now my wife isn't exactly a pushover, in fact, she is the one who keeps, ok, tries to keep my humble. She is able to say things that keep things in perspective, to keep me focused on my purpose.
I want to thank everyone who has helped me with support on this trip. I plan on writing a journal and taking lots of pictures to share with you because I want you to feel that you are part of this trip. I will continue to blog here as much as I can the next few weeks.
But I think I finally have figured out not just my purpose, but how to go about doing it. And that realization has come from so many helpful people that I may not be able to ever get around thanking everyone in the manner it deserves.