Travis Mozingo Interview

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Q: How did you get into coaching?

A: The biggest influence for me to get into coaching was the coaches that I’ve had in the past, mostly my college coach. He was older, and in his 60’s when I was playing for him, and he was like that father, grandfather figure, and he was someone that I looked up to and he held me to a higher standard to be not only a better man, but a better football player too. We won a lot of football games for him, and we were always undersized, but we always overachieved and it was all because of him and his influence over us as players, and I looked at that as I was in college and as I was graduating and I thought for me, as a teacher, kids are forced to be in my class, but as a coach, they choose to be on your team, so you have a lot more of an opportunity to invest in them, so I thought you know what, Coach Price was a guy who influenced me,  and I want to influence people like he did, so thats why I said coaching is one of the things I wanted to do. I always wanted to teach, and I thought coaching would be a better opportunity to influence kids.

 

Q: What philosophies do you use when coaching student athletes?

A: The big thing for me is I want them to be able to look in the mirror at the end of the day and say I gave it all I had, for the team I play for, for the school that I play for, for my family, for the God that I serve, and that they want to be an individual that is completely committed. And for me, for the kids that I coach, I want them to know that I love them and that Coach Mozingo cares for them, and that he wants them to be a good football player, but beyond that, I want them to be a good man, a good husband, a good father, a good student, and a good Christian at the same time.

 

Q: What advice would you give someone aspiring to be a college football player?

A: The biggest misconception about college football is that it correlates with high school football, because it doesn’t. I played small college football, and I can say from that point, but even from coaching for the last fifteen years having coached kids who went on to play college football and talking to college coaches is that the level of talent is obviously better, because in college football you have the best of every high school, and the level of work that is required to play is so much different. And I always tell my kids, if you want to be a college football player, you have to train like a college football player, if you want to be a college basketball player, you have to train like a college basketball player, but if you train like a high school player, you’ll be a high school player. But if you train like a college player, you have a chance to be a college player. And so, the energy and effort you put into it has to be more than everyone around you. If you play on a football team of 11 guys, and 2 are collegiate athletes, I should be able to look on the field and say that guy and that guy are playing in college, because they play that much better. I should be able to go to a workout and say it’s that guy and that guy, because they train so much better, I should be able to go to a classroom and say it’s that guy and that guy because they are outworking everybody in this classroom. My best advice to someone trying to play college football is that what you do in high school doesn’t correlate to what you do in college.

Germany crushes Brazil’s hopes of a World Cup title with a win in the semifinals

With Brazil without Neymar, they knew the match would be a difficult one, but they never expected this. With both Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle scoring two goals, accompanied by Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klos and Sami Khedira with a goal each, Brazil was no match for the German machine. Brazil’s only goal came from Oscar in the 90th minute, sealing the game at a devestating 7-1 loss for Brazil.

Movie Review: God’s Not Dead

Gods Not DeadBy: Suzanne Ostrander

A couple of weekends ago, my husband and I relished the scarce and exciting opportunity to watch a movie from start to finish without pressing the pause button once. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, my dear spouse and I went on a date while the grandparents babysat our 9-month old son. (Can I get an AMEN?!!)

Long overdue for some conversation that broached topics other than Spongebob Squarepants, spit-up, or suspicious smelling diapers, Nathan and I agreed on the recently released flick “God’s Not Dead”.

The movie tells the story of devout Christian and college freshman Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), who is prompted by his overreaching Atheist philosophy professor (Kevin Sorbo) to present a scientific, fact-based argument on the existence of God.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film mixed reviews, due to the production’s stereotypical depiction of religion and morality throughout various cultures.

Be that as it may, I strongly disagree with the assertion that the movie failed to present an all-encompassing portrayal of the Christian experience.

Critics felt that the movie presented the tragically inaccurate message that Christians are always good, while non-Christians are always bad.  In other words, if good is white and bad is black, then the film lacked any notable trace of gray when it came to character development.

I couldn’t disagree more.

Josh Wheaton’s longtime girlfriend is a perfect example of a character who steps outside her moral compass as a Christian without actually abandoning her faith altogether. Committed to her relationship with Josh and their long-term plan of a life together, Josh’s girlfriend shares his Christian faith, but does not support his decision to challenge his professor. She is a Christian, yet her concern for Josh’s academic future trumped her support for him when he decides to challenge his professor and defend his faith.

Does this mean that she is no longer a Christian?

Of course not, she simply erred in her ways as a Christian who mistakenly dips her toes into the quintessential realm of gray.

What other characters represent this proverbial, yet realistic shade of gray? Go see the film and find out! I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

On What Day Did God Cause the Big Bang?

CreationMost of you who follow scientific news have heard that scientists have just discovered physical traces from the moment in history when the Earth and planets were created. Because the universe expanded so quickly, it left ripples in light patterns throughout the universe.  These ripples of light were recently discovered by a team of astronomers led by John Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

With regard to creation, evolution, and faith, I have always been one to embrace the “both” theory.  In other words, who says that God and science have to be mutually exclusive concepts?

Is it too far fetched to pose the question: “on what day did God cause this Big Bang”? This is a question that we will never know while we are living on Earth. God didn’t put us here on Earth for us to iron out these details, though!

Sometimes, believing means that you just believe.

We Can’t Take it With Us!

TreasuresinHeavenThe first time I saw this image, I thought it was a bit morbid.  In fact, it is morbid.  It’s showing a hearse carrying away a deceased person with all of his earthly possessions being hauled behind him.  Yet, the absurdity of this image compels us to almost immediately reevaluate the things we perceive as valuable.

Though this image appears smaller on the blog than I would like, if you click on the image, it shows in tiny print the powerful scripture that directly contradicts the image:

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy and thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, your heart will be also” (Matthew 6: 19-21).

In short, we can’t take it with us!! I hope you were blessed by this today.

When We Want to Hear From God

Christian CommunicationI saw this cartoon earlier this week and, despite its simplicity, it truly spoke to me. As Christians, we need to remember that the Bible is our predominant tool in life.  Can God speak to us in ways outside the Bible? Sure! However, the Bible is His foundation for us.  The Bible is essentially our starting point, our “go-to” solution when we feel lost.

Do not fret if you have ever found yourself aimlessly turning through pages of the Bible not knowing where to start.  It is okay if you have ever closed your Bible and still felt unmoved or not spoken to.

We have all been there.  Just don’t give up, and know that God sees you trying and His promises will not fail!

On a similar note, when you feel like you do not know where to start, I recommend always going back to the book of John.  It may be repetitive, but it is a wonderful starting point for everybody to truly understand God’s love for us.

I hope you are blessed by this posting, and never forget to love one another everyday!

Doodling: A Frivolous or Productive Activity?

200249351-001The Applied Journal of Cognitive Psychology conducted a 2009 study that has shed a new light on the habit of doodling.  As part of the study, researcher Jackie Andrade played a lengthy voicemail to the group of volunteers.  The first group was asked to doodle during the course of the message, while the second group was instructed to simply listen to the recording. Interestingly, the group of doodlers remembered 29% more details than the other group.

City University of New York psychology professor Jesse Prinz claims “doodling isn’t just a distraction from boredom- it may actually keep us from daydreaming and zoning out altogether. Mindless drawing [is]…a way to take all those things that distract you, all those subjects that you ruminate on, and clear them away [to] open this space where information can get in”.

So the next time you find yourself stuck in a long meeting or watching a lengthy informational video, embrace your creative side and doodle away!

Click the link below to be redirected to the original cbs news article on the study:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-higher-purpose-of-doodling/

The below video segment expands upon the above research study and discusses how casual doodling can improve our daily memory and comprehension:

 

When People Need Christ

Be Kinder than NecessaryOne of my favorite life mantras has always been “Always be kinder than necessary. Everyone is fighting some sort of battle”.

This is a great secular statement, but does it correlate with the Bible? I have great news for you: for once, an awesome expression actually does align up with the Bible! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, this one’s got God written all over it. Let’s see what the Bible says about kindness:

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”. Ephesians 4:32

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great” Luke 6:35

In short, we all know that people who are unkind to us are the ones who need Christ the most. We become true mature Christians, once we have had the time to regroup and sympathize with the person’s pain.

It still doesn’t make the action okay, and the offender might not warrant a spot back in your life, but are we remembering to pray for this person, too?

Who can you forgive today?

When People Need Christ

Be Kinder than NecessaryOne of my favorite life mantras has always been “Always be kinder than necessary. Everyone is fighting some sort of battle”.

This is a great secular statement, but does it correlate with the Bible? I have great news for you: for once, an awesome expression actually does align up with the Bible! That’s right ladies and gentlemen, this one’s got God written all over it. Let’s see what the Bible says about kindness:

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you”. Ephesians 4:32

“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great” Luke 6:35

In short, we all know that people who are unkind to us are the ones who need Christ the most. We become true mature Christians, once we have had the time to regroup and sympathize with the person’s pain.

It still doesn’t make the action okay, and the offender might not warrant a spot back in your life, but are we remembering to pray for this person, too?

Who can you forgive today?