Finding God's Winning Spirit

Think F.A.S.T - A Christian Game Plan

February 26, 2014 | Greg Smith | Christianity

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The world is a busy place; life comes at us from all sides and time flies. It is not surprising that we can feel lost, overwhelmed and stuck.  That is no way to live life.  In this condition we will not accomplish our goals or become who we aspire to be.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the field of sports where the inability to move or think on one’s feet usually ends in defeat. The answer, in life or sports, lies not in just thinking fast but rather in having a plan, which is simple, effective and built for success.

We need to find a way to negotiate our daily lives with a sense of confidence and purpose.  We need a game plan for a winning life.  We need a plan that works in the short-term as well as it does in the long-term, a plan that is flexible and is simple enough to repeat under pressure, a plan that will not only help us negotiate today but will transform our spirit.  

We cannot be victorious alone – we will need God’s help, we need the Holy Spirit. Even though we are the architect of our own fate; we will fail if we do not seek and acquire the inspiration and affirmation from God. We must learn that personal growth comes from within and not from without.   

No matter if you are a Christian athlete attempting to perform at the highest level or an everyday Christian trying to live the abundant life – the New Testament has a word for us all. 

There are some key theological words/principles, that when followed, allow us to stay the course and follow our plan. These words/principles are summarized in the acronym F.A.S.T.

Thinking FAST will require Faith, Accountability, Sacrifice and Testimony. It will require Focus, Action, Service and being Tested.  Our game plan will require us to become Forgiving, Articulate, Set apart and Trusting. Most importantly following Christ will result in Fulfillment, Affirmation, Sanctification and Transformation.  

 

(Excerpt from Sports Theology: Finding God’s Winning Spirit)

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