The Focused Athlete.

Hebrews 12:2 Amplified Bible

“.. [looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith…”

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Pretend for minute you are Michael Phelps.

Just kidding.

Just go with me here…

You are an athlete, training for a race. During the stretching and getting-ready part, you start to hear whispers of doubt, negative talk, booing and soon, all kinds of condemnation from the stands.

Some of it is coming from strangers, some of it from people you may know.

This is the moment of reckoning. Will you listen to the lies, the hopelessness, the hatefulness…or will you choose to focus on getting ready and trust that your Father is right there with you, helping you along so you can walk out the path laid before you?

We all have to deal with this at some point in our lives.  Some of us have learned how to discern the right from the wrong, the good from the bad, the Truth from the lies a bit easier than others simply from having more experience.

If you are like me and are in a season of learning how to hear God better and shut up the enemy’s nag nag nagging, join me in watching Elevation Church’s, Steven Furtick as he shares a segment from a commercial.

Click the link then come back: Crash The Chatterbox

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Did you like it? What did you think?

Did you picture yourself in that guy’s shoes?

Could you envision Jesus long ago, putting on His “headphones” of Truth as He walked the road to what looked like an ultimate death? A loser’s runway?

Each of Us Are On A Journey

We may not get to choose who we hear in our day to day lives, but can choose how we listen and how we let it effect us.

What we give power to, and the attitude we have are vital.

It is like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Story, the kind I loved to read growing up…

Good & evil exists. Which one will we let guide our days? Which one will we choose to listen to?  Using the athlete version, I tried to paint a picture of two different scenarios:

Letting the Enemy Lead & the Outcome

  • I quit before I even start the race.
  • I physically lag as my head is turned to see what other awful things are being whispered in the stands.
  • I trip because my head is turned, looking behind me to see if Molly is catching up to me.
  • I injure myself because I didn’t stretch my muscles properly, either from pride or thinking I was good enough to start without it – or from fear that it would waste my time, so I rushed to the starting line without proper preparation.
  • I ball up in the fetal position right in the middle of the track, in the middle of the race because the negative voices are just too much for me to handle.

Letting the Father Lead & the Outcome

  • I properly prepare for the day’s race by tuning out the lies and negativity and tuning into His Truth.
  • I let Grace set the pace, not fear that drives.
  • I remember the instruction of my Coach, keeping me calm and sure – rather than acting on impulse.
  • I enjoy the race while I praise Him, singing myself Truths that put a pep in my step.
  • I become grateful that I was chosen to take part.
  • I listen to the cheers of the crowd, the encouragers in the stands.
  • I meditate on the Coach’s presence during the race.
  • I remain looking forward, toward the final Prize.

 

 

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Have you ever found yourself in any of the positions above?  I have pretty much experienced each one at some point or another.. It always turns out better when I let the ultimate Coach keep His place in my day and in my heart. When I listen to Him over the noise of the world, over the lies of the enemy, over the hurls of the haters – I can remain focused and pressed into Him.

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7 thoughts on “The Focused Athlete.

  1. Hi Meg,
    How apropos to have us dream we are Michael Phelps and not give up! 🙂 What I loved was your point of being grateful for just taking part in this race of life. So often we look at what others are doing or what they have, but for many of us, just being in the race is a win and no one’s race looks like any other’s race. I love how God uniquely whispers to each of us in ways we can understand and relate to. Perfect post for this Olympic week! xo

  2. A beautiful and timely post! Watching Michael Phelps this week, and how he prepared before every race spoke to me. Your words, Meg, layered truth on top of what I saw in him. I pray I always listen to my Coach, and shut out the distractions the world throws at me. Bless you!

    1. What’s funny is I haven’t even been able to watch the Olympics really except for a second at my parents house. We don’t have regular tv. God has been laying this message on my heart and His timing is always perfect! Thanks for visiting, Julie!!

  3. Hi Meg,
    This thought especially touched me today: “I let Grace set the pace, not fear that drives.” Oh! I am still working on that one! I find myself trying to set my own pace, when I know that I need to be letting God give me His Grace for the journey! Thank you for this good reminder! –Blessings!

    1. I’m still learning it too, Bettie. It’s funny how things resonate better when I admit them, write them and pray about them. We all need reminders. I always think back on the Israelites! Bless u friend and may your journey be full of Him.

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