There comes a point in most of our lives when we have a choice to make between whether to push on to win the next point or walk away.
I love watching tennis, and I was captured by so many magic moments with this last US Open. There were so many moments over it’s two week period that I watched the body language of so many of the players who were on the verge of defeat, express an inner, mental battle going on to either press on to win or walk away. This inner conversation with self, “Do I press beyond the ceiling of pain, refusing to quit or give up, and go to the next level or just accept this is my best and walk away?
The power of the mind is only recently more fully understood through medical and scientific research and discovery. Thinking is very important in our lives. The Bible says, “As we think, so are we!”
I loved following Djokovic this year not only in his championship match with Roger Federer, but the matches leading up to pressing toward number one. Not one of his last matches were easy. He could have lost four or five times, but instead he reached down deep into that mystical reservoir and made a decision to push into that inspiring miraculous supernatural place. That place where you draw the strength to push forward and own the win. But it started in his thinking.
Dr. Leaf says it’s only a myth that genes shapes us. Scientifically it has recently been proven that thoughts shape our genes and cause them to do what they do. In other words, we are not at the mercy of our genes, but our thoughts. I believe there is another ingredient that is equally important. It is faith. Many times in my life, thoughts alone have come up short. But when I allowed my faith to be invaded into my thinking, a normal moment turned into a miracle.
Faith is a gift from God. I value that gift because to follow Jesus, takes faith to tap that arena where dreams are reached. The benefit of trusting and exercising our faith, moves us into this reservoir of provision to see an overwhelming impossible situation transformed into a stepping stone into a future filled with hope. Jesus told us why He came! He said, “I came that you might live life abundantly and fully alive.”
Faith mixed with our thinking is powerful. Love Sting’s words; “You may say I lost my faith in the Holy Church. You may say I lost my direction. But if I ever lost my faith in You, there’d be nothing left for me to do……Lord, help me not to loose my faith in You!”
POSSIBLE ENDING…..HELP ME!
Jesus gave up His life so we could have ours back. He died like us so we could live like Him. Have you lost hope, lost direction, or lost trust? Do you Feel angry, or out of energy, has stress pushed you to make a decision to walk away? Go to that deep place and gather your thinking power, and believe that Jesus will join you, and push on to a win! Decide to take responsibility, evaluate your performance, and assess why you are failing. Affirm the truth, embrace it, think on it, allow these thoughts to shape you, and believe and determine you were created to be a winner.
-Post by: Paul Morgan
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