Praise for Off-Season
44“And as an everyday cyclist, I’m assured that I’ll always be able to find my way home – even if home is a hotel room in a distant city.” Christian Vande Velde, Pro Cyclist on navigational technology
Each racing season ends with an off-season. Or viewed another way, each new season begins with an off-season. The next weeks, take time to evaluate what’s past in order to prepare for what’s to be. Review highlights and touch points for you. By doing so, you may discover some navigational clues for renewed direction and new preparation.
Include some contemplation for rest; or expand on evaluating beyond what your season meant in results and about what it meant to your character. Supplement your daily time with additional inspirational readings.
Take stock. Take time to fellowship and worship God now off the bike with others– perhaps in a pew of a church or in a parlor for group study. Find your way home!
The self-renewal process must balance renewal in all four dimensions of our nature:
The Spiritual – Value Clarification and Commitment, Study and Meditation
The Mental – Reading, Visualizing, Planning, Writing
The Physical – Exercise, Nutrition, Stress Management [and now rest]
The Social/Emotional – Service, Empathy, Synergy, Intrinsic Security 45Stephen R. Covey
46Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Praise for Off-Season
“…their recovery is going to set off something even better: mass homecoming!” 47Romans 11:13
We praise God for times of refreshment and for homecomings.
Ponder About what am I most praiseworthy going into off-season? Affirm Spent as I am, I am excited to come home so it can start all over again! Watch how reflection times help you feel God’s pleasure.
457 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey Running Press Copyright © 1989 Stephen R. Covey
46Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing words by Robert Robinson, 1758 A Collection of Hymns used by the Church of Christ in Angel Alley, Bishopgate, 1759. Music by Nettleton, Wyeth’s Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second, by John Wyeth 1813
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