In this week's Sports Illustrated, there is a brief article about the ageless Morten Andersen. Andersen, 47, was just asked to rejoin the Atlanta Falcons after the Falcon's prior kicker missed two field goals in a game on September 16.
In the interview, Andersen was asked how he prepares for pressure kicks and this is his response:
"I do mental training throughout the week. I take myself through specific game situations so when they come up I've rehearsed them. Before the snap you're in real time. Then right after the snap, that 1.2 or 1.3 seconds that you're actually out there on your work bench, time slows. You see the ball clearly, you see everything in slow motion. Then you complete the kick, and it switches back to real time."
I believe this applies to all of us in all areas of our lives. There is much we need to be prepared for. This is especially true when it comes to temptations.
Each of us are tempted daily with things that are not of God. If we can anticipate these and prepare for them in advance, we can have victory. Read Matthew, chapter 4 sometime soon and see how Jesus fought off temptation. He fought of satan by reciting scripture. He was prepared and you can be too!