Jedi Mind Tricks: Athletic Perspective of Prayer and Study

The mind tricks the body, body thinks the mind is crazy-Buckshot Shorty of Black Moon

Can you imagine what would happen if we lived out scripture by serving God with our mind, body and soul?

There is such a primal connection between our physical bodies and the intellectual state of our minds. I would venture out to suggest that all athletes have a level of intelligence superior to most. They have the ability to perform in chaotic situations with levels of perfection unlike the average person. The ability to call upon an inner strength to enhance their abilities is a mythical phenomenon that is often glanced over by fans.

It is that will to perform when bones are broken and the body is injured that separates athletes from most of their fans. (I admit that the money does not hurt either.) My objective is to show that the ability to summon an inner strength is unparalleled in high quality athletes. The willingness to push their bodies to endless efforts to maximize their talents is rarely seen in most other arenas. The endless training and repetition that occurs in athletics is a pedagogical tool that most disciplines would shudder to embrace. Could you imagine studying a text or a book until you faint? Could you imagine praying with such intensity until you bleed?

Athletes have learned to trick their bodies into action. They do this by endless training and preparation. This is not done off the cuff but is built upon- layer by layer through training. It is with this same intensity that we as believers and students should engage our study times. Study with reckless abandonment until we are exhausted with information. Pray with vigor as that of Jesus as he prays for his disciples. When we are able fortify this type of level in prayer and study, hard times will seem effortless to endure.

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