Slow Mo

I’m amazed when I watch sports on television these days. Fans can be part of the action like never before through multiple camera angles, the slow motion replays, and all the emerging technological advances. Details that can’t be picked up by the naked eye are now available frame by frame in high definition.

Video technology can also be a great teaching aid for coaches. So often, athletes believe they are executing the fundamentals properly, but time in the film room exposes how they are really performing. Even when they understand the basics and genuinely strive to perfect them, their execution is proven to be flawed.

That’s why an athlete should resist the temptation to watch highlight videos of their past performances, but instead, slow motion video of how they practice. The goal in evaluating and reflecting on those moments is to identify opportunities for improvement that will translate to success on the playing field and help them reach their fullest potential.

So, what keeps these athletes from knowing what they need to improve upon? What are some of the roadblocks to their growth?

One major obstacle is that they usually can’t see the gaps in their performance. These gaps reveal the difference between the athlete they think they are and the athlete they’ve actually become. Sometimes, however, they do see those inconsistencies or simply choose not to acknowledge their existence. In both instances, the athlete stops improving and becomes stagnant in their growth.

This translates very clearly into our Christian life.

To reach our full potential, we must ask God to help us slow down and examine the parts of our life that we have not surrendered to Him. As He reveals those blind spots, we can ask Him to fill the gaps so we can grow and fulfill His purpose in us. Then, it’s a matter of trusting that He will give us the strength to become more like Him.

Like David, we want to constantly ask God to search our heart.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.”Psalms 139:23-24 (NKJV)

Our highlights may be impressive, but the key to spiritual growth is to slow down and allow the Lord to show us those weaknesses that only He can make strong. If we continue to trust and obey Him, we will one day be mature in our faith.

Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

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