Cross Training

Cross Training

by Zondervan Publishing




From the casual fan to the diehard sports nut everyone knows the enormous commitment, dedication, and discipline it takes to succeed in the pursuit of athletic excellence. The same principles apply to life as well, especially the Christian life, which the Apostle Paul compared to running a race. This vigorous, motivating gift book is filled with the hard-won wisdom of sports figures such as Don Shula, Dave Dravecky, and Dennis Byrd who have chosen to put God first in their lives. On every page of Cross Training, stars from the sporting world tell in their own words what it takes to win on the field, court, or ice, and more important, what it takes to live the victorious Christian life.

Covering topics like focus, perseverance, courage, and integrity, the athletes quoted in Cross Training help readers gain a winning attitude in whatever they pursue. "My focus was on the big leagues,"admits Atlanta Braves infielder Keith Lockhart. "But if we just focus on the things we want, we miss Jesus. Once I got my priorities straight by focusing on him, he took care of everything else."

With quotes from legends like Julius Irving to current pro players, Cross Training is a gift brimming with motivation and inspiration for sports lovers of all ages. Full color throughout with illustrations from a wide spectrum of sporting events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310978961
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/01/2000
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.69(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

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Cross Training

Becoming Your Spiritual Best

Chapter One

Stepping Up to the Line

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. PSALM 18:2

Like every kid who has ever dreamt of being a big leaguer, I wanted to play on a World Series winning team. Naturally, I wanted my final season to end with a bang. However, in my own selfish way, I had forgotten how truly blessed I had been in my career.

Because the Lord had blessed me with good physical health at the beginning of the '94 season, I started dreaming of the World Series ring, the 3000 hits, and the 500 home runs. But God sent me pain in my knee to tell me, "Enough is enough. It's time for you to retire." The Lord had something planned for me beyond the game.

My advice to you is to go when the Lord calls, wherever and whenever he calls. Go whether you understand why he is calling or not. Just go. For each one of us is important to him, and each one of us has a purpose that only he knows.

For all the blessings in my life, I have no one to thank but the Lord. ANDRE DAWSON, EIGHT-TIME BASEBALL ALL STAR

The problem with most leaders today is they don't stand for anything. Leadership implies movement toward something, and convictions provide that direction. If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. DON SHULA, FORMER MIAMI DOLPHINS HEAD COACH

The two senior captains for the baseball team invited me to attend a meeting. I didn't know that it was a Fellowship of Christian Athlete's meeting. At that meeting I was presented with a question. What was I going to do with this Man, Jesus Christ? At that point I did decide to accept Jesus Christ as my Savior, and so from that point on it's been a gradual growing process. SCOTT SANDERSON, FORMER CALIFORNIA ANGELS PITCHER

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. EXODUS 15:2

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. ROMANS 1:16

During his freshman year at college Tim Salmon made friends with a senior catcher named A. C. Martin. "He was a great Christian man," Tim says. "He took me under his wing. He answered most of my questions and helped me understand what it all meant. I came to the point where I realized there was something more than just believing there's a God. It's really wanting to change your life and live for him." MARK LITTLETON, AUTHOR OF THE SPORTS HEROES BOOK SERIES

I wasn't happy going to the gym to practice. The only way to get myself on track ... to get the bad feelings out of me was to give myself to the Lord. I didn't want to come home and argue with my wife about basketball anymore. It was the best decision in my life. HERSEY HAWKINS, SEATTLE SUPERSONICS GUARD

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 PETER 1:3-7

In the spiritual life, we can't save ourselves because we're dead in sin. God can, because he is life. He gives us new life through his death on the cross. He delivers what we can't. He is loyal. DOUG BOCHTLER, SAN DIEGO PADRES PITCHER

Do good to your servant according to your word, O Lord. Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I believe in your commands. PSALM 119:65, 66

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. JOHN 3:16, 17

Going the Extra Mile

All hard work brings a profit. PROVERBS 14:23

They say I came out of nowhere my senior season at Mustang, and in a way it was true. I had played hardly any varsity football at all. I had never started a game. There had been no newspaper stories written about me, no headlines, no films or scouting reports filed in coaches' offices at other schools. Other schools didn't even know I existed. So when I started making waves that fall of 1983, people were stunned, even people in Mustang. They were asking themselves, "Is this the same kid?"

But I wasn't surprised. I knew I had put in more time than anybody else. If somebody was going to beat me, he was going to have to have worked harder than I had, and I didn't think that was possible. I knew how much I could give, how deep I could reach. I'd answered all those questions myself. DENNIS BYRD, FORMER NEW YORK JETS DEFENSIVE LINEMAN


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Table of Contents

1.Stepping Up to the Line: Becoming a Christian6
2.Playing By the Rules: Integrity12
3.Go for It: Commitment18
4.Going the Extra Mile: Determination24
5.Winners Do It: Discipline30
6.Practice Makes Perfect: Training36
7.The Cost of Victory: Sacrifice42
8.Putting First Things First: Priorities48
9.Everybody Needs a Coach: Guidance54
10.Go Team!: Cooperation60
11.Butterflies: Trust66
12.Game Day: Courage72
13.A Good Sport: Respect78
14.Time Out: Rest84
15.Bouncing Back: Resiliency90
16.Staying the Course: Endurance96
17.A Winning Attitude: Focus102
18.Going for the Gold: Excellence108
19.The Thrill of Victory: Joy114
20.Keeping Your Eye on the Goal: Future Glory120

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