Big changes coming for Compete4Christ  By

Big changes coming for Compete4Christ

Hey, it’s me. If you have followed Compete4Christ for awhile or you know me well, you know I recently finished my first season as the head football coach at Lincoln Christian School in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was a whirlwind of a season that I am incredibly thankful for, but it consumed me…all of me.

I haven’t posted to the C4C website in a long, long time. The transition from offensive coordinator to head coach demanded a lot of my time and undivided attention. I loved every second of it, but I simply didn’t have the time to work on Compete4Christ material.

I wasn’t the only one experiencing some significant changes. Robbie Trent and Todd Earl, who you probably know from all the C4C podcasts we have done together over the past couple of years, had some big changes too. Robbie became a father for the first time. He and his wife welcomed their daughter into the world about a month ago. Becoming a parent for the first time qualifies as a significant, life-changing event, right? Todd did not become a father, but he is in the final stages of earning his doctorate, and that is consuming him in much the same way the football season consumed me.

These changes have forced me to come to the realization that Compete4Christ can not continue to operate in the same way it did for much of 2014, 15, and 16. Creating weekly or even monthly podcast with Robbie and Todd just isn’t realistic for any of us at this point. Over the past several weeks I have been thinking through and praying over the future of C4C. I’ve come to two conclusions:

  1. Compete4Christ should continue. I considered shutting it down altogether, but after talking with some of my best friends and asking God for guidance, I have decided I should continue to create and share through this ministry.
  2. It’s going to have to be a one-man show, kind of like it was in the beginning. The first 2 or 3 years of C4C I did everything. I designed the website. I created all the content. I tried to create decent graphics (emphasis on tried). That changed a couple of years ago when Shineforth and WonderWild came on board. I then added Robbie and Todd to the mix, and their contributions have been excellent, but as I alluded to earlier, they aren’t able to continue to contribute at this time. Maybe God will open that door for us again in the future.

So what will the “one-man show” look like? Here’s what I plan to do, Lord willing.

  1. Create posts that are simple in style, but deep. Twitter and Facebook are fun ways to engage people, but you can’t go as deep as I like to go. This website is for going deep into the weeds. It’s my hope that God will use my posts to challenge all of us to think much more critically about our involvement in sports and, ultimately, multiply the joy of competition infinitely as we learn to enjoy our loving Father in and through competition.
  2. It’s my plan to record a podcast for each post. Why? Over the past two years, I have found podcasts to be extremely helpful. Why? Because I can listen to podcasts while I do mindless activities like vacuuming, laundry, dishes, yard work, walk the dog, etc. Podcasts are a great way to learn while your body is busy, but your mind is free. So, for those of you who are movers, can’t sit still, and seem to be allergic to reading, the podcast version of each post is for you. I’ll do my best to be interesting as I cover the material.
  3. Lord willing, I will post monthly to the website. My hope is to create several posts at once, write them, record the podcast version, and then release them one at a time once a month. That way I can maximize my time between sports seasons when I am not as busy and still provide you guys with monthly posts during my busiest seasons of the year.

Having said all of that, please remember that Compete4Christ creates resources to help you, the Christian coach or athlete, compete for God’s glory. It’s my desire that whatever God produces through me aides each of you in your walk with Christ. When I sit down to brainstorm ideas for posts, and as I craft those ideas into what you eventually see or hear, my #1 objective is to produce something that fellow Christians can use and apply. In the end, it’s not about me, it’s about growing in our relationship with God the Father through Christ the Son as we are guided by the Holy Spirit. Compete4Christ exists to help you along that journey.

One final thought. Maintaining this website does come at a cost. Keeping Compete4Christ going cost roughly $300 a year. In the past, I have sold wristbands and t-shirts to help generate the revenue needed to cover the costs. I will continue to sell wristbands and t-shirts, but ordering, packaging, and shipping are very time-consuming, so I won’t be able to do much of that until this summer. In the meantime, if you feel led to make a donation to Compete4Christ to help offset the cost of running this website and shipping products, please shoot me an email at Compete4Christ@gmail.com.

Lord willing, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season will provide me with some time to create a handful of posts so that the planned monthly posts will start in December or January.

Thanks for your time. Have a great Thanksgiving!

 

Kurt Earl

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