The Athlete Mindset

  AthleteWord: When we become athletes, we begin a new life READ: 2 Corinthians 4 REFLECT: When I first heard of CrossFit I was intrigued because of the movements and training environment it encouraged. I used the same functional movements with my athletes as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach. I knew squats, cleans, and presses were essential for athletes, but could everyone appreciate the benefits of these same movements? Would people really want to do these things? I also loved the team environment CrossFit provided. This was the same environment I valued as a strength and conditioning coach. Could this really work? If so, I wanted to be part of it! As members joined our affiliate I saw the beauty of this system. Every person who entered the gym was considered an athlete. We called them athletes, and they began to think like athletes. Then they trained, ate, and lived like athletes. This is exactly what happens when our hearts are awakened to faith in Jesus Christ. We are called by a new name. This new identity causes us to think in a different way. Then our lives begin to change. This is the power of the Athlete Mindset. RESPOND: Describe your experience with joining a gym for the first time or when you joined an athletic team? How did it change your mindset? How does this experience remind you of what happens to someone when they commit to a relationship with Jesus Christ? Athletes have transitioned from simply being a spectator on the sideline to the one training in the gym. This changes everything for the individual who has made this transition – what they eat, when they sleep, what they wear, and even who become their closest friends. When our mindset changes our eyes are opened to a new life. For the individual who sees the new life possible through Jesus Christ it truly changes everything. “For God, who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness,’ has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6) Skill Work Set a timer for 5 minutes and list the qualities of real life you see in Jesus Christ. Which of these qualities do you see missing in your own life? Share your experience with a friend.
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