n. a point at which a crucial decision must be made that will have far-reaching consequences. EX: WHO WILL YOU PLAY FOR?

Suit Up in Humility

“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’” – 1 Peter 5:5 The jersey of a Christian athlete is stitched with humility. While pride only covers our insecurities and fears, humility allows us to receive God’s love which frees us from our insecurities and fears. The lie of the enemy is for you to put on that jersey of pride and beat your chest to victory, but the Word teaches us that it is only in humility that we can glorify God. The reality of our pride is that it keeps us from the love of Jesus because we have decided we’re good on our own. And you may be talented enough to win the game in pride, but is winning that way worth positioning yourself against God? Pride and humility don’t produce winning [...]

September 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Let Your Light Shine

“…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 If there was a mission statement for a Christian athlete, I believe it would be this verse. Here we find Jesus not recommending us to shine our light, but commanding us to. From the very beginning, God’s children (us) have been called blessed so that we can bless others. In other words, to shine our light so that others may see Jesus in and through us. When we read this passage, we arrogantly think that “others” mean only the fans. I did at least. But we tend to forget about the others in closer proximity to us on the court or field; that is, the coaches, your teammates, and even the opponent. Do you play in such a way that even the [...]

September 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Be Fearless in Christ

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” – 1 John 4:18 I imagine many of you right now have some nerves for your game or match. Some of you are anxious about who you are playing in front of and what is on the line. While others of you are anxious about not playing at all. More than those fears, all of us are going to war with the fear of failure. The world tells us to combat fear with belief and confidence in ourselves which leads to covering our fear with pride, but covering the problem doesn’t solve it. Eventually, the insecurities and brokenness will make their way out into the light. For me this usually happened after failure and defeat. Thankfully, the Bible [...]

August 31st, 2018|0 Comments


I take it that if you have chosen to sign up for CrossRoads that you are 1) a Christian and 2) an athlete. I would also guess that you find it difficult to balance the two. Some of you may have never found yourself even thinking about your faith when it comes to athletics. Others of you may think the only connection is pointing to the sky when you accomplish something. If you’re like me, you think you will lose your competitive “edge” if you were to play the way you think Jesus has called you to. Regardless of where you stand, I know before every game there is a moment, a crossroad, where you have an opportunity to decide who you will play for. Like all decisions, our autofill is me, myself and I and so if you have never paused to think [...]

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments
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Case Smith


For those of you I haven’t met, my name is Case Smith. I was born in Starkville, MS, in August 1994, but my dad’s new baseball coaching job moved us to Waco two months later. Being a coach’s kid, sports have been a part of my life since I can remember. My dad has coached collegiate baseball for over 28 years and that means that I was pretty much raised on the field. Growing up, I played most sports before I decided to only play baseball when I got to high school. I achieved one of my greatest dreams when I graduated high school and had the opportunity to play for my dad at the next level. I also can’t talk about my childhood without mentioning my favorite teammate and brother, Ryan. We had our differences growing up, but watching him play quarterback as well as playing baseball alongside him at Midway and Baylor was one of the biggest blessings of my life. Simply put, sports are in my DNA.

The best part about my life growing up was not having a dad who was a coach or my brother being a teammate, but having parents who followed Jesus. I remember them sharing stories of the Bible and praying with me before I went to sleep. I remember going to church and watching them worship God. Finally, I remember jumping into my dad’s arms in our living room and telling him I want to follow Jesus. Without their influence, I would not be who I am today (a sinner saved by grace).

Today, I am married to my sweet wife, Danelle, and serve as the Director of Recreation at First Woodway. For some time now, God has been stirring up a passion to help athletes follow Jesus and my hope is that CrossRoads can be an outlet for that passion.

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