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Game on, fear off
We all have to face a dragon of one kind or another in our lives. To me, dragon is just another word for fear, and I've found that eliminating fear is the fundamental key in any healing experience. Fear tries to draw us away from our spiritual freedom and dominion, given to us by God. In Science and Health, Mary Baker Eddy talked about eliminating fear, an illusion at its core, by advising, "Let neither fear nor doubt overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the recognition of life harmonious—as Life eternally is—can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, that which Life is not" (p. 495).
I'm a high school football coach at a school for Christian Scientists. And last fall, our team had a great challenge in facing fear. The year before, we'd played a team (whose mascot is coincidently the Dragons!) that was two size classifications higher than us, had more than double our team numbers, and outweighed us by over 100 pounds per player on the line of scrimmage. They'd easily beaten us before by over three touchdowns, and we all were looking for ways not to have to play them again. But we'd signed a two-year contract and had to meet our obligation.
The week before the game, our team prepared well physically and mentally to face this tough opponent. Our mental preparation always includes prayer and metaphysical discussions before each game. This preparation is not to ensure a win on the scoreboard but instead to establish that "the objects we pursue and the spirit we manifest reveal our standpoint, and show what we are winning" (Science and Health, p. 239).
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About the author
Brad Warrick is a teacher and head football coach at The Principia School and lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his three children.
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JEFF WARD-BAILEY, STAFF EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Richard Cimino
PRAYER-A RESPONSE TO 24/7 NEWS
FULL OF SINGING
I NEEDED SOME SOLID ANSWERS
A SABBATH DAY MOMENT
BY JACK LINDSEY
Game on, fear off
BY BRAD WARRICK
IN THE FACE OF VIOLENCE, BUILD ON A MODEL OF LOVE
BY JOHN TYLER
PEACE AND HEALING AFTER AN ATTACK
BY DEB EASTWOOD
I REFUSED TO SEE A CRIMINAL
BY CAROL G. SOLOMON
Safe at school—and everywhere
BY ROBERT STORM
GOD'S COUNSEL AT CAMP
BY MAIJA BALDAUF
BY MADORA KIBBE
HEALED OF RINGWORM
FORGIVENESS BRINGS HARMONY AND HEALING
LYNNE BUCKLEY-QUIRK with contributions from MEGHAN QUIRK
KIDNEY DISEASE AND CATARACT HEALED
M. RUTH PRETORIUS