This is the 16th entry in my series on Christian Baseball players and the different ways they share what God is doing in their lives so others can see/hear and be drawn to the Creator of the Universe!
As we celebrate Father’s Day, the part of Coghlan’s story that caught my attention was the role that his father played in his life. You see his dad was always willing to practice with Coghlan – be it football or baseball. He was active in the development of his son.
He even enrolled him in a baseball training academy – a place called The Winning Inning (TWI) – which is a Christ-centered baseball training facility in Clearwater, Florida. Coghlan spent a lot of time there, honing his skills and continues to spend some time at TWI every year. He even contacts them for advice when he goes into a batting slump. But beyond the training they offered, the guys at TWI became very important to Coghlan. They served as father figures for Coghlan when his father passed away unexpectedly in 2001, helping him with baseball, and also there to talk about life in general. For the complete story from The Palm Beach Post, click here.
Even with the positive influence of these men, Coghlan still found himself turning to things other than God to fill the pain in his heart. Hear it in his own words in this video from I Am Second. I Am Second is a great website that has videos of people’s story of faith to use for personal inspiration or as a small group, to encourage people who are facing the hard things life can throw at us all. Check out their website.
In this video, Coghlan talks about how he was living a selfish life feeling sorry for himself and letting it control him. That is until he met a teammate who introduced him to Jesus Christ. Read the story here as taken from Sports Spectrum Magazine.
The other thing that sticks out from the I Am Second video is that Coghlan still thinks often about his father. His dad is so important to him that he wants his life to be a source of pride for his dad. What a tribute to the love he felt from his father!
We should each have the same goal in our life with our Heavenly Father. God always loves us and wants to equip us to be the best we can be. Is my life being lived in such a way that my Heavenly Father will say “Well Done”? That is what I strive for as I attempt, every day, to live up to my name.
And as a post script, I am blessed and privileged to be a dad (x2), what an incredible journey fatherhood is. My girls teach me so much each day. They are the best proof that I have been on this planet.
I am also very grateful for my father and the role that he plays in my life. Even though we are many miles apart, I know that he loves me and is praying for me all the time. And he is always interested in what I am up to (even reading my blog – thanks dad!) I am also grateful for my father-in-law who is also a godly man and has welcomed me into his family, too! These godly fathers are blessings to me and my family. I thank God for them every day!
Happy Father’s Day to you both, and to all the other dad’s out there, too.