Psalm 51:6b Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being
Many people today tell me that they follow God by going to church or praying or being nice. Those are great things. However, God is primarily concerned with the heart. The Bible says that man’s heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Even though we might live externally good lives (according to what society tells us), we were born with sinful hearts.
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are Gods.
For Christians, we have been bought with a price – the precious price of the blood of Jesus and have new hearts that love God and desire to please God.
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?"
If the Samson Dubina Table Tennis Academy never produces a world champion or Olympic Gold medalist... But the Gospel goes out into the whole world and disciples are being made, I can say that my job is complete.
Quiz Yourself on the 12 Aspects of Mental Success!
The ITTF Advanced Training Manual lists 12 elements to mental success in table tennis. Quiz yourself to see how well you are doing on each aspect. Take 2-3 minutes to ponder each point. Ask yourself how well you are doing on each point during important tournament matches. If you aren’t doing well, ask yourself how to improve that aspect.
1. Physical relaxation – muscular tension is closely connected to miserable performance. On the other hand, feelings of relaxation are associated with top performances.