Football and God’s defensive line of protection, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

With football season starting, this article by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and a writer, who writes about the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, and trends in that field, offers us much food for thought.  Tim shares his spiritual perspective- along with the statements from others who played or are involved in football- on how many spiritual qualities are expressed and honed while practicing and playing the game.  Qualities, such as, agility, precision and mental toughness.  He acknowledges how a close relationship with God gained through prayer and reading the Bible establishes a deep trust that God is always protecting each and every one of us – no matter what we are doing or where we are.  Join me and read what Tim has to share-let the games begin!

Fall is coming, and for many of us, 16 weeks of wonderful competition (plus the playoffs) are about to begin — the NFL football season is almost here!

Why is it that so many of us love to watch football?  I find football to be a living expression of spiritual qualities, such as the precision illustrated in a perfectly executed pass; the agility shown in a beautiful catch; and especially, the mental toughness carried out in a goal-line stand by a defensive line that stops an offense cold.

To me and many others, football is more than a game.  It is full of life lessons for all of us, including the value of practice, the joy of teamwork, the importance of dedication, and the profitability of spiritual exercise.

Former Chicago Bear Bill Wade knows about these life lessons.  In the book Sports and Faith by Bears co-owner Patrick McCaskey, Wade wrote, “We readily admit that the game of life is basically spiritual.  As we play the game and learn our purpose, whether it be president of a bank, worker in a factory, secretary, or quarterback of a football team, we must exercise ourselves spiritually to win the battles of life.”  Continuing in this vein, Wade identified prayer and reading the Bible as basic exercises that strengthened him spiritually.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org