In the last 25 years, sports psychology has impacted professional sports. Individuals, star players and teams have sought help to reach their full potential. Based upon books that I have read and from my own personal experience, the human mind plays a crucial role. I’ve heard many successful athletes point to visualization, being able to see themselves making a catch, hitting a ball or sinking a putt. When belief, faith and your mind intersect, the recipe for a miracle is set.
She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed,” Matthew 9:21.
The are two examples in the Bible of people who shared a common mindset. Each sought medical help for a serious condition without any signs of improvement. They came to the realization that spending money on doctors was a waste of time. Thus, when word of a miraculous religious leader spread, hope came alive. This good news gave birth to a thought listed in the passage above. Despite suffering from a bleeding disorder for twenty years, this woman cast out any hints of doubt. Eager to find Jesus, this resolve set the stage for a miracle to occur the moment she touched Jesus’ cloak.
When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied, Matthew 9:28.
The final story refers to a pair of blind men. Unlike the woman mentioned above, neither of these men could see. Thus, they were forced to raise their voices once the commotion of Jesus passing by intensified. Desperate to see, both began to shout, rising above everyone else in the crowd. Recognizing their plea for mercy, Jesus had compassion on both men. Like a doctor performing a preliminary check-up, Jesus asked one simple question, “do you believe I am able to heal you?” The unswerving mindset within each led to another miracle. The key to experiencing similar results today lies untapped within the mindset behind a miracle.
by Jay Mankus