I played on a soccer team, named Spirit, for seven years. Some of my fondest memories of learning true work ethic took place on that team. I have a special bond with the members of Spirit, and with all of their families. So many members of our team are believers in Christ, and though we were from many different denominations, we learned to work hard together — always making our focus on becoming united.
Howie, our coach, was a very inspirational part of my life. He has shown true belief in all of us, taking interest in our lives on and off the field. He pushed us to be better, faster, stronger, but never in a degrading way. He knew our potential and built us to that point. I always knew he loved us more than anything.
Since he’s developed Lou Gehrig’s disease [amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS] he’s continued to teach me. His faith and positive attitude is beyond anything that I’ve seen. He is not bitter, just believing, and has expressed his thanks to God for the life he has and the guidance He’s given him through all the years.
One of Howie’s favorite scriptures is the following: Psalm 16:8– I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. (New Living Translation)
I wrote this song to honor Howie and the faith we have in our Savior, Jesus Christ.