What Happened in Halftime?

What Happened in Halftime?

“[Success] comes from having a meaning in your life, doing what you love and being

passionate about what you do. That’s having a life of success.” – Tim Tebow


Super Bowl 51 is in the history books but many fans are still amazed with the final

outcome of that historic Sunday evening. New England fans are celebrating the very

first Super Bowl overtime victory. Meanwhile, Falcons fans remain dismayed that their

team squandered a 21-3 lead at halftime, leading to the largest comeback ever in the

Super Bowl.


So, what happened? Halftime happened! And just what happened during halftime that

day? Well, I wasn’t actually in the locker rooms for either team but we can all guess at a

few things that took place.


For sure, the players all received a well-needed respite from being on the battlefield for

thirty minutes. The Patriots most likely reviewed their first half strategy and looked

ahead to the second half, adjusting their game plans as necessary. The goal? To win

the game – no matter what the score said at the end of the first half.


For the Patriots, they emerged onto the field a renewed team and they executed their

strategy all the way to a stunning victory! The Falcons, on the other hand, misspent a

sizable lead and Atlanta’s first potential Super Bowl victory. Some say it was bad luck;

others insist New England simply outplayed their rival. How do you see it?


In his bestselling book Halftime, Bob Buford uses halftime in a football game as a

metaphor to explain a similar time that needs to occur in our lives. Consider any football

game. Doesn’t it make sense to take a break from an exhausting first half before

charging into the second? Can you imagine what it would be like for the players to play

sixty minutes of football straight without a break – and without a chance to revisit their

game plan if necessary?


But we often do something similar in our own lives. We charge through our first halves

trying to play the game the best we can – starting a career, raising our family, living

paycheck to paycheck, and struggling to make ends meet. We win some – we lose



As the world throws its best defense at us we struggle to keep up. When things get

tough, we try harder, double-down, work more, travel more – trying to win at this game

called life. We don’t think we can afford the time to reassess where our life is headed or

if our life trajectory is leading anywhere close to a “win”. And along the way we just

might miss out on those things in life that are most important to us.


That’s not the way it has to be. We can, and should, take the time to consider who we

really are, what’s most important to us, and what we want our lives to count for other

than an impressive résumé, a corner office, and all toys we can accumulate.


That’s where a personal “halftime” comes in. It’s a respite from being so totally

immersed in life that we can no longer “see the forest through the trees.” We get to

reimagine what we stand for, what we really want to be doing, and go do it. But this can

take time … more than the 30 minutes given players in the Super Bowl.


Bob Buford writes “what’s important is that you start by discovering the way you are built

so you can use your uniquely developed talents for purpose.  Don’t expect to solve all

your first-half issues and plan for the second half in a few hours … it will never happen if

we don’t give it the time it deserves.”


As a Certified Halftime Coach with Bob Buford’s Halftime Institute, each day I have the

pleasure of walking alongside men, women, and couples that are reimagining their lives.

They were focused on winning in their first halves but where they were headed isn’t

where they want their lives to end up. They are changing their game plans to win at

what really matters to each of them uniquely.


Some of the first questions we ask are these: “If it was ten years from now and you

were living your perfect second half, how would you know? What would it feel like?

What would you be doing?”


How would you answer these questions? Getting from where you are today to where

God is calling you to be takes a journey. But it’s a journey worth taking. And, who

doesn’t want to win at life – no matter what the score said at the end of the first half?


If you feel like you are at a point in life that you need to assess where you are and

reimagine a plan for you second half, drop me a note. Let’s chat. No obligation beyond

that … just a conversation on life. And if you would like a copy of Bob Buford’s book

Halftime, let me know that too. I can arrange to get you a copy.


Blessings to you on your journey,

Bob Karcher

Author-Speaker- Coach


Giving = Love?

Giving = Love?


“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa


February has been called “the month of love”. I’m not sure about you but I’m not seeing a whole lot of “love” in the news lately. Our “me-first” culture often creates and sustains a perfect environment for the opposite of love – selfishness, indifference, and hate – to take root, like some kind of virus we can’t find a cure for.

We propose one solution: generosity. Generosity is the best antidote we know of for treating selfishness and indifference. Generosity is not simply giving money away as some may suppose – it’s much more than that.

A simple way to describe generosity is showing kindness toward others. But what does this look like? It means giving of ourselves, all that we are and have, for the benefit of others. We can be generous toward others in the smallest of ways, and in doing so begin to detox our culture of its greatest ills. This is because it is literally impossible to be truly generous and selfish at the same time.

While leading a life of generosity seems like a no-brainer, many of us struggle with how to do this. You may even think you don’t have anything to offer or that your little gestures wouldn’t make much of a difference when compared to the enormity of the problems this world faces. Or maybe you fear that by giving too freely you would have less. On the contrary, the opposite is true.


When you live a life of generosity a fuller, richer life awaits you.


Let’s see how this works. We can probably all agree that the teaching “it is more blessed to give than to receive” is true. But if you are like many folks we talk to, you may have some questions: “Where do I start? What do I give? How do I give?”

The answers start with looking at what is right in front of you. We never have to go very far to see needs all around us. What’s right in front of you today? Take a look around; people are in need everywhere. Consider how you can make a difference starting today, doing what you can, when you can, with what you have.

There are countless ways for generosity to take hold in your life. Even small efforts like ridding our lives of clutter and giving our excess to others can make a big difference. Perhaps for you giving can start by simply clearing out a closet of old clothes you haven’t worn in a while and giving them to someone who needs them.

Be intentional in finding little ways to bless others every day, like holding the door open for others before rushing in yourself. Or carrying groceries to someone’s car. Or generously giving away compliments like they were free candy. This alone would make a nice contrast from the complaints and criticism so predominant in our culture today. Even a smile can be an amazing gift to someone who’s having a bad day. And the gift of listening can change a friend’s life.

Stop for a moment and consider what you can start doing to give more of yourself. You may think you don’t have much to give, but it doesn’t have to be your money or possessions. When you focus on who you are, why you are here, and what you want to do with your life, you will begin to find that you have a lot of something that people around you need: YOU, the authentic you.

If you give of yourself each day you can have an amazing impact on the world. Pursue what you are passionate about and commit to loving others. If we all committed to do this starting today, this February just might become the greatest month of love ever!

Where will you start being more generous in your world?

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Blessings and love to you all,
Bob and Susan Karcher




It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.

Ephesians 1:11