Big Thinking Precedes Great Achievement! - Wilferd Peterson
A few years ago, J. Scott, our oldest, had started playing football, and lifting weights when he came to me saying that he needed to get bigger. He asked if I knew anything about putting on weight...I said, "Son, I have been putting on weight for the last 20 years...Do I know about putting on weight?" I told him putting on weight is the easy part. You simply have to take in more calories than you burn, a technique that I have evidently been perfecting...
But seriously, getting big and strong in order to be the very best athlete that one can be is simple. So for your young athlete, it's important that they eat right, get the right mix of proteins and carbohydrates, avoid sugary snacks, stay off of sodas completely, and stay hydrated during the day. What they put in their body is an important determining factor in how they will perform and the results that they will achieve.
However, what they put in their body is but a small part of what will help them become all the God intends them to become. What you feed them mentally, is perhaps, even more important as they seek to make their dreams become reality.
We spent the last 10 years going to watch the world's greatest violist perform in places ranging from an elementary school cafetorium to The Bass Hall in Fort Worth. We have watched the world's greatest tuba player amaze instructors and directors, as, according to one Band Director, "he does things on the tuba that I've never heard anyone his age do." We have cheered on the world's strongest young man as he competes in, and medals in power-lifting meets. We watch the world's fastest 15 year old steal bases standing up, while competing against the very best select baseball teams. What I'm trying to say is that we feed our kids encouragement, and lots of it. Now don't get me wrong, we are realistic as well. One of the things that I have always told them is that there will always be people in life more talented than you...However, there will be no one who works harder than you do. We have filled them with positive thoughts, instilled good work habits, and help them to set goals for what they want in life. When you exit Braylen's room, you see the handwritten sign above his door that reads, "The greatest there is, the greatest there ever was, and the greatest there will ever be." "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he." - Proverbs 23:7
And finally, the most important ingredient on their way to success, the spiritual food. We have been blessed to be part of an amazing church from the time the boys were babies until this day. We took seriously as parents the charge that we were given to "bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." - Ephesians 6:4 When God entrusted us with these two amazing gifts, we took to heart his advice to "train up a child in the way he should go." - Proverbs 22:6 We strive every day to help both our boys in doing a daily devotion, read their bibles and be Godly examples to those around them. And we give God the glory for all He has done!
Now with all of that said, let me say this, we are not done yet. While we have two amazing boys, who are achieving great things, we still have a way to go. We continually bathe them in prayer, remain ever available as we continue to train, drive, inspire, discipline and encourage them to be all that God has in store for them.
Big Thinking Precedes Great Achievement! What are you feeding your kids?