by Roger Thomas

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How to Be a Spiritual Spotter (7 of 8)
Series: Galatians--Free to Serve
Roger Thomas
Galatians 5:13-15, 22-26; 6:1-5

Introduction: Have you been watching the Olympic competition like I have this week? I don't care how many times I watch it I still find what the gymnasts do hard to believe? Wednesday night's gold-medal victory by American Paul Hamm was especially impressive. For the first time in fifty-two years an American won the men's all-round competition. The next night American Carlie Patterson did the same thing in the women's competition.

Did you ever watch those gymnasts flipping and flying across the floor and wonder how do they do that? Or Hamm's final performance on the high bar--spinning up in the air above the bar, letting go, and catching it on the way down! I wonder not just how do they do that, but how did they learn to do it without killing themselves in the process? A person doesn't just start out doing that stuff the first day. No one gets it right the first time. You have very little margin for error with a skill like that! Just thinking about it makes my back hurt!

I still don't understand how a human body can do some of that stuff. But I do know part of the process they go through to learn it. Obviously, an athlete has to have enormous talent and determination. Of course, a gymnast goes through years of training before he ever gets to the level of trying stunts like that. But then, there is still another important factor.

No gymnast attempts those stunts alone. Not and live to tell about it! They train for the dangerous parts with harnesses and ropes and spotters. Somebody is always there to catch them if something goes wrong. After a while, they try with less and less help. But even the experts practice with spotters standing nearby. Even in the Olympic competition a coach or trainer is nearby just in case something goes wrong. No responsible coach would let a beginner try some of those stunts without a ...

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