75.7 F
Orlando
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 4:56 am
HomeSportsRick Barnes' Biggest Regret

Rick Barnes’ Biggest Regret

SAN ANTONIO — Regrets. Most everyone has them. Maybe you picked the wrong career or you wish you had gone to college.

But Rick Barnes, who received the 2018 Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” Award at the Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast, recently hosted by Athletes in Action, has a big one.

The author with Rick Barnes, head coach of the University of Tennessee men’s basketball team, at the Final Four in San Antonio.

His regret is not that he didn’t win the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship, nor that he was unable to retire as the coach at the University of Texas. His biggest regret carries quite a bit more meaning.

“I grew up in a Christian home and knew right from wrong,” he told me. “But somewhere along the way, I became focused on fame and money and what the world offered.”

But one day, his children called timeout and invited their dad into a family huddle.

“They looked me in the eye and told me they did not like the way I was living and the way I was treating my wife,” he admitted. “And they told me they want to be in heaven with me, but I wasn’t going to go there if I didn’t change.”

He took a punch right to the ego. That was a tough moment, and his feelings of guilt led him to be angry with himself.

He regrets he did not serve as the spiritual leader in his home, steering his children to the Lord. “It was just the opposite—my kids pointed me back to God,” he said.

“My kids pointed me back to God.”

Rick is the head coach at the University of Tennessee and has a long list of professional accomplishments. He’s won three Big 12 regular season championships, one SEC regular season title, and a Big East Tournament crown. He has guided teams to three Elite Eight appearances as well as six Sweet Sixteens and has achieved 22 NCAA Tournament berths. Four times he was named Big 12 Coach of the Year and he also received the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award in 2009.

In his mind, he was okay with God, but deep down in his soul, he was empty.But none of these accolades mattered to his children.

He knew their words were right on target. He started to see his depravity and how he needed to make a change to serve Christ.

His children had enough concern and love for their dad to speak the truth—and it meant more than any Final Four appearance.

He found scriptures to be enjoyable and helpful, and he recognized how much the Lord loved him by dying on the cross for his sins.

Del Duduit’s new book, “Buckeye Believer: 40 Days of Devotions for the Ohio State Faithful” is now available on Amazon.

“He gives us eternal life, and I see that once again,” he said. “My focus is on Christ first now, and I have my kids to thank for that. By the grace of God, my eyes were opened.”

Matters of the world can be distracting and take our focus away from what is really important. God needs to be first in our lives, and after that, family should always come before everything else. Put the emphasis on the Lord and your family, and live the best example you can in front of your children—TODAY! No Sweet 16 or Elite 8 is more important than the happiness and spiritual well being of your family.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 16).

Article first appeared in Southern Ohio Christian Voice.

- Promote Your Work -

spot_img

Most Popular

More from Author

Bitterness Strikes Out

Not too many people can say they are friends with a Major League Baseball batting champion. But Al Oliver and I know each other well.

Bitterness Strikes Out

Not too many people can say they are friends with a Major League Baseball batting champion. But Al Oliver and I know each other well.

Kia’s Amazing Journey

He’s best known by his first name…. Kia. His life is remarkable. Kia...

Kia’s Amazing Journey

He’s best known by his first name…. Kia. His life is remarkable. Kia...

- A word from our sponsors -

spot_img

Statement on U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

TALLAHASSEE – On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. In response, the bishops of Florida issued the following statement:  We are deeply heartened to...

Max McLean re-tells C.S. Lewis’ story in ‘The Most Reluctant Convert’ — ‘people really resonate’ with him

You may not know Max McLean’s face, but you may know his rich, baritone voice from the Bible translations he has narrated. His Bible narration is so popular, in fact, that it’s the default choice on many English Bible apps. “I've been asked to do it multiple other...

Church Urged to Help in UK’s Failing Education System

The Association of Christian Teachers in the UK has appealed to the Church to get involved in British's failing education system.

Estonian Christians Pray for Peace in Ukraine

A large group of Christians in Estonia gathered in the capital city of Tallinn on June 5 to pray for Ukraine.

After 800 years, Church of England Apologizes for Anti-Jewish Laws

A church service in London on May 8, 2022 marked the 800 years of the Synod of Oxford. The Church of England apologized for its "shameful actions" for the synod.

Less Than Half of Christians See Missions as Mandate from Christ —Barna

Research found that pastors and laypeople have different views when it comes to missionary work.

Chinese Open Theological Seminary in Italy

The first Chinese theological seminary was opened in Italy on April 2022. A group of 55 Chinese churches founded the Italian Chinese Theological Seminary in Rome.

US Congress Calls for the Protection of Jerusalem’s Christians

A bipartisan group of congresspeople sent a letter to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on April 29 to raise concerns over the rise in attacks against Christians in Jerusalem.

Christian hip-hop is a ‘bridge’ between the church and the world, Lecrae says

The music by Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae and his label Reach Records may not yet be in your church hymnal, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t heard it — especially if you have youngsters in the house. Reach Records’ music was featured in the 2021 Netflix hit family...

Christian Worship on Flight Viral Video Drew Mixed Reactions

A video of a group of Christians singing in the middle of a flight went viral and got mixed reactions from the public.

9-year-old Swings Her Way to Golf and Her New Family’s Heart

Nine-year-old Autumn Solesbee won the Girls 7-9 division at the annual Drive, Chip and Putt golf tournament at Augusta National on April 3, 2022.

Churches in Ireland Pour in Donations for Ukraine

Parishes across Ireland have raised more than $3.5 million (£2.69 million) in response to the crisis in Ukraine.