PHILOSOPHY OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETICS
Winning is the total release of all that you are toward becoming like Jesus Christ in each situation.
Losing is not releasing your entire self toward becoming like Jesus Christ in each situation.
TWO BUILDING BLOCKS FOR GOD’S
PERSPECTIVE ON WINNING
Building Block Number One
“Whatever you do, do your work HEARTILY as FOR THE LORD rather than for men.” Colossians 3:23
The word “whatever” includes EVERYTHING YOU DO IN YOUR PARTICULAR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE whether it is running, throwing, jumping, etc. The word “heartily” means that you do it by TOTALLY RELEASING all of your abilities toward the task at hand. It involves much more than just your strength.
“Heartily” refers to your MENTAL AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES as well as your EMOTIONAL ENERGIES. OBEDIENCE, STRENGTH, REFLEX ACTION, CONCENTRATION, SPEED, STRATEGY, ENTHUSIASM, etc., are all wrapped up in the word “heartily.”
If we were to stop at this point it would sound pretty much like the philosophy, “Just give it all you’ve got and you’re a winner.” But, we’re not going to stop here because God doesn’t! IT IS NOT JUST A MATTER OF “GIVING IT ALL YOU’VE GOT!” It’s doing it “as for the Lord rather than for men.” JESUS CHRIST IS YOUR ONLY AUDIENCE!
Building Block Number Two
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:17
This verse means that you ARE TO TOTALLY REPRESENT JESUS BY SAYING AND DOING ONLY THOSE THINGS THAT HE WOULD SAY AND DO. It means that you are to have His attitude in everything you do in your athletic performance.
An interesting question comes in mind as we reflect upon Jesus’ winning attitude and action on the cross. The qualities Jesus displayed in His lifetime would have developed His athletic abilities to the maximum if He were an athlete.
1) Preparation. Jesus would prepare for each competition and practice session in prayer just as He prepared for the crucifixion.
2) Intensity. He would keep His thoughts focused on what pleased His Father rather than on the pain or discomfort at the moment.
3) Diving Perspective. He would be intent on carrying out His Father’s will through each competition and practice session.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO GIVE ALL THAT YOU HAVE, AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT, NOT WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE!
“If you are really eager to give, then it isn’t important how much you have to give. God wants you to give what you have, not what you have not.” II Corinthians 8:12
A loss is a LEARNING SITUATION in which more of your potential can be brought to the surface. This is out of a book called Total Release Performance by Institute for Athletic Perfection.