Live In The Present – Friday, April 12th, 2019

Our gymnasts want to do well at regionals this weekend. However, instead of focusing on training today, some were already worrying about the outcome of the competition. As a result, these gymnasts suffered through a difficult workout be- cause their minds and bodies hadn’t been working together in the present. Once they allowed their minds to wander away from their daily training routine, they were filled with angst, worry and doubt.

Whenever we allow our minds to wander from the present into the future, we create worry and doubt. We know that we cannot predict the future, yet we consistently imagine ourselves in the future. We also know that tomorrow never comes, but we make plans for tomorrow. The challenge for my athletes and for us is to keep our thinking in the present.

Aligning our thoughts and actions with the present takes a tremendous amount of discipline. We have to focus on what is happening in our lives and accept whatever comes. We must allow the Holy Spirit to capture our minds and help us respond to our present circumstances through prayer, Scripture study and worship.

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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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