And then, in the spring of 2008 I was at a four-day swim meet with my oldest son, Ben, which means I had a lot of free time sitting at the pool between events. I started reading a book entitled A Life Worth Leading, the Lutheran workbook version of Rick Warren’s A Purpose Driven Life. There was an exercise that required me to write down the five most important gifts God has given me and the five things in my life that I’ve done that I feel the best about. Guess what? Sports items dominated both lists.
The purpose of making the lists was to help determine what a life worth leading would be like for me.
I then began brainstorming on ways to incorporate athletics back into my life and make life better for someone else. I came up with several promising ideas and immediately put one into action – writing a regular sports column. As the owner and editor of a weekly newspaper published on Daniel Island, SC, I had the outlet and resources to put my column into action. So in 2008, I launched a new sports column in my community newspaper, named it Field Smarts, and began writing about life lessons from sports.
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