by Ross Georgiou
In writing to the Drum Opinion, Wayne Goldsmith said that “the reason why the majority of athletes fail to perform when it really matters is that they didn’t prepare to perform under pressure.” We used to say, “Practice makes perfect” but now we say, “Practicing to perform under pressure makes perfect.” It is not a lack of effort, talent or desire because every high profile athlete possesses these qualities, but ultimately because of pressure.
“No pressure, no diamonds.”
“Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pain.”
Thomas Carlyle (author)
“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God”
2 Corinthians 1:8, 9
Thinking about it
Tenacity is described in the Webster Dictionary as “that quality of bodies which keeps them from parting without considerable force.” The human body can also be prepared to take pressure which is unthinkable to most. Elite athletes are put under pressure by their coaches as they train to be able to stand firm and on their own when real pressures arise. The idea of holding it all together in extreme situations is used by the Apostle Paul when he and other followers of Jesus experienced unbearable moments. Coming to the point of seeing death right in front of their eyes was a very stressful experience. Not many have to go through these extreme situations, but it is much easier when you are prepared for it. As Paul did, Christians have the advantage of depending on God for extra elasticity in critical moments. Even with great preparation we should always rely on God for help.
Praying because you matter
Dear God help me with the real pressures of life and to trust you to uphold me and strengthen me as I face ultimate pressures