Free & Fit - The Adapted Sports Contemplative Tree

Free & Fit - The Adapted Sports Contemplative Tree

In Sport the freedom to move, when outside in nature, and in the midst of the Lords creation enables a process that drives our physical body into a new spiritual realm via a rush of blood, a release of endorphins and sensual emotions that ignites a new sense and awareness of our Spiritual self. Through perspiration and endurance, we can develop a closer relationship between our physical body and our spiritual selves. This is vital as we have a battle on our hands; one which cannot afford to be left alone. We are reminded by Paul in Romans Eight the cost of falling short; verse 13 says ‘For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live (Romans 8:13, Amplified version) 1 .

The combination of sweat and tears after a long run, whilst reflecting on scripture, together, creates an environment where prayer and praise become more accessible. Often after a long race a marathon runner can overcome fear, anxiety and distractions fully embracing the release and rush, of a runner’s high, that can mobilize prophetic thought, activate prayer and dialogue with our God among Christian believers. The key is to be able to identify how to do this and which scriptures we should be reading.

In Romans Twelve Paul explains to us that we should be aware, always, that we face a battel in the mind. Authors Dr Caroline Leaf and Pastor Joyce Mayor have both written books, “Switch your Brain On” and the “Battlefield of the Mind”, which help, support and create strong awareness of how all Christians have to put on the full Armor of God, as explained in Ephesians six, to win this battle.

Paul states “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God Edwards refers to the Day of Pentecost and the early Church when the people were touched by the Holy Spirit, despite linguistic and cultural differences, ye