As competitors, it’s essential to recognize that a relentless, nonstop approach is only sometimes the most effective. We must intentionally pause and allow ourselves a moment to breathe and regroup. This practice cultivates a sense of inner peace and enhances our concentration on the challenges ahead. Furthermore, taking these deliberate breaks reduces our stress levels, leading to improved performance during the workout.
1. Do you personally find it beneficial to pause and reflect as an athlete?
Much like God’s gentle presence can be compared to the soothing caress of a gentle wind, when we breathe correctly, we unlock a cascade of health benefits. It’s akin to harnessing the rejuvenating power of a refreshing breeze. Proper breathing diminishes pain levels, fortifies our immune system, infuses us with boundless energy, and facilitates swifter recovery from physical exertion.
Also, when we take time to breathe, we can better focus on Christ. And there isn’t a better area of focus in life.
Philippians 4:6-7 tells us to pray and meditate, which becomes easier as we center ourselves for Jesus. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Harness the power of breath control to govern your spirit, while also nurturing yourself physically and spiritually. Commitment to Christ further deepens this journey, making you not only a better competitor but also a more steadfast believer. With amplified physical and spiritual energy, you’ll confidently conquer each day and savor life’s blessings to the fullest.
Go out and do it. You’ll be thankful that you did.
1. Write down two ways you can better control your physical and spiritual self.
2. Commit Philippians 4:6-7 to memory.