Championship Spirit/Spiritual Life
69“…things you can do to better integrate mind and body for sport performance: Cultivating your spiritual life…notice how spiritual practice can be so physical in many spiritual traditions…” Marvin Zauderer, Sports Psychologist & Cyclist
Steve Speaks found his answer by accepting the teachings and person of Christ. Steve went through the gamut of searching from top to bottom and back again. He was a pretty good cyclist before this with time on the national team, pro contracts, European racing. He also practiced the seamy side of pro cycling including doping and partying.
While away racing, a drunk driver hit his family head on – killing his wife and one child and seriously injuring another. A haunted shell of a man for years, pain and anger characterized the empty despair that seemed to follow him even into races. Worse than broken, he was hardened and oddly hollow. His father-in-law was a minister who continued to pray for Steve and to hope for him to find solace and salvation. Steve finally did, quietly in his home above Boulder on bended knee. He transformed not from self-effort but from the inside out. The Holy Spirit renewed Steve’s spirit and doors opened. He met a Christian girl and married. He sought and forgave the drunk driver who’d wrecked his first love and his life. He trained with newfound passion and began to win. Further he began to dominate American racing well into his forties. Steve Speaks was a new rider and a new man because he’d discovered spirit power.
Prayer for Spiritual Life
“A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death… Jesus personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all…Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life…if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him…It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!” 70Romans 8:1-9
We need to be alive to God – to have spiritual life. We ask to simply embrace what the Spirit is doing in us.
Ponder Is my spirit fully trained by being alive like Christ? Affirm I have resurrection power! Watch the Holy Spirit pace with your spirit to strengthen your body!!!
69“Toolbox: Integrating Body and Mind,” Marvin Zauderer, Sports Psychologist & Cyclist, posted Tuesday, August 05, 2008 http://www.pezcyclingnews.com
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