KEYSTONE HEIGHTS, FL. February 27, 2012 - One of the most difficult tasks as an athlete is staying focused when conditions around you become challenging.
I can vividly remember the mental war that would wage in my mind as I would sit on a dock, wait for my turn and watch helplessly as the conditions would continually grow worse with each skier. Nothing can be more frustrating than knowing you trained so hard, traveled so far, spent so much money only to face wind, waves, and rain that would make running the course and performing your best so difficult.
As I matured in my career as a pro athlete, I quickly learned that in situations like these, if I wanted to have victory, I had to refuse to let the conditions become my focus.
Going out on the water timid and afraid would provide nothing but disappointment and defeat. In order to win I had to get focused, trust in my ability as an athlete and give it everything I had! I had to face the facts of the conditions but stand firm in my belief that I could go out there and do what needed to be done to win.
Recently I came across a verse in the Bible that reminds me of the above situation. Romans 4:19-20 says that “Without weakening in his faith, Abraham faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”
What an amazing verse! Abraham had been given a promise by God that he would be the Father of many nations. The problem was that naturally, having a child at his age and his wife’s age was impossible. Abraham faced the fact that his body was as good as dead WITHOUT wavering in his belief that God would fulfill the promise.
Hebrews 11:11-12 says “Because of faith also Sarah herself received physical power to conceive a child, even when she was long past the age for it, because she considered [God] Who had given her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word. So from one man, though he was physically as good as dead, there have sprung descendants whose number is as the stars of heaven and as countless as the innumerable sands on the seashore.”
Because Abraham and Sarah didn’t let “the facts” overshadow the promise of God, because they believed in His Word, and believed in His character, they saw the glory of God revealed in their lives. They experienced a miracle.
Do you need a miracle today? I’ve got good news…God is still in the miracle working business. “Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’” (John 11:40). What facts are you having to face today? Are there conditions in your health, finances, marriage, career that seem hopeless, dead and impossible?
Like Abraham and Sarah, face the facts of what is going on in your life; however, don’t let the facts overshadow this important fact…NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD. No “fact” is too grim for God. Nothing is too hard for Him. Nothing is greater than He. God is a God against all odds! Refuse to let the “conditions” of your life cause you to waver in your faith.
Be strong and courageous, trust in God’s character and His ability and then get off the dock with Him. Victory is on the way!
Kristi Overton Johnson is a wife, mother, and the world record holder in water-skiing from 1992-2010. Having retired from professional sports, Kristi now helps others fulfill their God-given destiny.
With a passion to share the life lessons she learned on the water and a desire to encourage the hearts of people through her faith, Kristi founded her non-profit ministry Champion’s Heart.
Champion’s Heart provides life resources, addiction recovery, quarterly magazine publications, leadership training, and sports outreaches. In His Wakes, the water-sports outreach of Champion’s Heart, has helped over 10,000 at-risk youth from across the nation and world have hope, experience victory and discover their purpose through the sport that brought Kristi fame.
Kristi currently resides in Florida with her husband, Tim, and their three children.
To read more by Kristi go to http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/his-wakes
To learn about her mission and work visit Kristi Overton Johnson Ministries.
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