Sport activity requires maintained focus. Excessive movement wastes precious energy.
Conserving and managing energy for the duration of a competition is an absolute necessity.
“My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win....Channel your energy. Focus.” Carl Lewis (Track and field Olympic gold and silver medalist)
Beyond managing game-time energy is taking full advantage of the time-outs. In 45 years of watching Coach’s basketball games, I have observed many teams hitting the floor with explosive action only to find exhaustion over-taking them in the 4th quarter. Hydrating and resting the muscles during well-planned time outs, quarter breaks and half time allow for re-focus and renewal providing the stillness necessary to finish strong.
In the same way, our daily lives require controlling our wiggle-worm energy. To do this we must…
MONITOR ENERGY EXPENDITURE – Remain tuned in to the required movements necessary to complete our daily tasks. Keeping our eyes fixed on the goal with a steady and controlled faith ensures that we will have the energy to accomplish what it set before us.
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Hebrews 12:2
TAKE REGULAR TIME-OUTS – To regain focus we take pause to remember who gives us our strength and how to hydrate our faith.
Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:19
The Hebrew word for still in this passage means “to cease striving.” Allowing God to speak into our day without our interference is a hands down sort of time-out. We generally use our hands for protection or to accomplish something with purposeful movement. Dropping our hands before the Lord says, “I am going to stop struggling and wait on You to do Your reviving work!"
Taking a "hope-in-the-Lord" type of Time Out provides the added strength necessary to complete our day with energy left over.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
Blessings…as God's renewing spirit calms the WIGGLE-WORM within.
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