Tom Osborne, athletic director at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, told participants at the August gathering of Lutheran Men in Mission in Omaha, Neb., that spiritual discipline and experiencing God’s grace are critical for men to make a difference in their lives, families, communities and world.
He urged the men to get rid of things that slow them down, such as alcohol, pornography, promiscuity, certain friends and even money.
“Every time I’ve seen excellence in the athletic arena, discipline has been the backbone,” he said. “Spiritually we want to be 400-pound bench pressers, and we only want to go into the weight room on Christmas and Easter. It doesn’t work that way.”
But he reminded participants that “no matter what you’ve done, no matter how sinful you’ve been, you are accepted. ... It’s only when you begin to experience God’s acceptance that you begin to feel healed ... and that you’re loved with an everlasting love. Grace is critical.”
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