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Prayers For The Peloton Beth A. Leasure

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Prayers for the Peloton

June Championship Qualities Few Enter In It’s Not About the Bike Our Heroes Goat Paths Audience of One Songs of Victory

Prayer for Self-Denial Prayer for Identity Prayer for Cycling’s Champions Prayer for Discipline Prayer for Total Release Performance Prayer for God’s Help

Championship Psychology Tenth Percentile Invincible Strength Journey & Journalists Sensual Cycling Bird’s Eye View Brutal Facts

Prayer for Victory Prayer for Love Motivation Prayer re: Intrinsic/Extrinsic Motivation Prayer for Situational Awareness Prayer for Ride Instinct Prayer for Realism

Championship Presence A Prince’s Robe Balance Point The Zone Cloak & Dagger For Such a Time Polished Diamonds

Prayer for Bike Poise Prayer for Self-Control Prayer for Intensity Prayer for Stealth Prayer for Influence Prayer for Refinement

Championship Emotions Attack, Counterattack At-Risk Tout est Possible Everything’s Possible Chasing the Wind All the Road’s a Stage Professional Courtesy

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Prayer for Anger Management Prayer for Emotional Health Prayer re: Aggressiveness Prayer re: Envy Prayer re: Drama Prayer for Competitive Respect


Prayers for the Peloton

Week: Championship Qualities

June

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“He has a head, two arms, two legs, just as I…"

Bernard Hinault, one of the Heroes

Our heroes in the sport are those whose greatness is defined by accomplishments on the bike. These are the great ones whose epic rides still leave us breathless, inspired and intrigued. These are the influential persons whose words and deeds and attitudes influence an entire dominion of like-minded pursuivants. They eat bananas, so we eat bananas. They ride a certain frame, so we ride a certain frame. They speak out against drugs, we don’t do drugs. The responsibility really is as great as the influence brought by the accomplishments. It’s cycling’s version of noblesse oblige, the obligation of aristocracy to set a standard that the people will follow in concern for the welfare of the kingdom. Like it or not, these heroes are in the jersey worn to symbolize an exemplary life. And yet we are all judged by our individual choices. From this perspective the jersey must be worn by all of us and the privilege of slipping on the qualities of greatness experienced atop the podiums of our lives. These heroes are human beings: fallible, fallen, experiences of failure. We must not idolize victors or even victory. We can take away 2their attributes: vulnerable veracity of Campionissimo, relentless dominance of The Cannibal, determined aggression of The Badger, longevity of Longo, gentle strength of Big Mig, and sustained drive of Armstrong. Remember, greatness is a perpetual discipline that is stewarded but not possessed by us: we are made to worship only Who transcends us and all we do.

Prayer for Cycling’s Champions "You must not have any other god but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.” 3Exodus 20:3-5

We confess our adoration of exemplary creatures over their Exceptional Creator. We ask to develop heroic qualities. We pray for the restoration of our fallen heroes - those whose imperfections have disappointed not to godlike status but to a proper place. We pray for our heroes – their lives, achievements and attributes long after the races are over. Ponder Do I idolize when I should emulate or evaluate? Affirm I can admire without worshipping. Watch setting up those you adore from a hard fall off their pedestal and that your admiration doesn’t cross into feeling intimidated.

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Our Heroes