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So God Made a Wrestler

God looked down on his paradise and was pleased. He looked upon all of the peoples of the earth. He noticed the many sports that athletes participated in. God said, “I need to create the ultimate sport and the ultimate athlete.” So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who is willing to participate in a sport that requires discipline, sacrifice, dedication, hard work, and commitment.” So God made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who is willing to face another athlete one-on-one in the most physically demanding sport in existence with no one else to help him and yet not be afraid.” So He made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who can defeat his opponent with strength, power, speed, agility, and technical skills. He needs to be able to endure the toughest six or seven minutes that a person could ever endure in the sporting world.” So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need person who is willing to get up at 6:00 a.m. so he can run five miles before going to school. I need that same person to attend classes, make it through a demanding two hour wrestling practice, and then still come home and do his homework.” So God made a wrestler.

God had to have someone willing to practice the same move for hours, day after day until he had it perfected. So He made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who declares as a boy that one day he will be an Olympic champion and never doubts himself.” So God made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who can lose his final college match making it his only loss during his high school and college career. I need that same athlete to bounce back more determined than ever. I need that athlete to win the Olympic gold medal in a dominating fashion and then go on to become one of the greatest wrestling coaches in collegiate history.” So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who is willing to shoot a million low single legs in his lifetime and perform a leg lace fifty times a day because he knows the value of drilling.” So He made a wrestler.

God had to have someone who could get pinned one week and then defeat that same opponent the following week to win the conference championship because he believed in himself and in his abilities. So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who is willing to work hard for four years and never regret it even though he never makes the varsity team. I need an athlete who will stick with it because he knows it is making him a better person.” So He made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who is willing to practice three times a day preparing for the NCAA Tournament because his coach thinks that is what is needed to be prepared. I need another of his teammates to run 10 miles three times a week in addition to attending regular wrestling practice because his coach thinks that will give him the edge going into the NCAA Tournament.” So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete that can be undefeated for thirteen years of international competition and then lose a match with the whole world watching and yet still be a gentleman and shake his opponent’s hand.” So God made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who can face a man that hasn’t lost a match in thirteen years and yet feel up to the challenge and never doubt himself.” So He made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who can become a seven time world champion and a three time Olympic gold medal winner becoming one of the best in his sport of all time.” So God made a wrestler.

God needed an athlete who would run wind sprints until his lungs burned and his legs ached. He needed that same person to do push-ups until his arms could no longer lift his body up for even one more repetition. God needed an athlete willing to work to the point of utter exhaustion. So He made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who is willing to turn down a candy bar or a cheeseburger because he needs to make weight the next day. I need an athlete who is willing to eat a bland but healthy diet, because he wants to be in peak condition, even though he’d much rather eat pizza and drink soda pop.” So He made a wrestler.

“I need an athlete who can work twelve hour days at a summer job and yet still make practicing and working out a priority.” So He made a wrestler.

God needed an athlete to practice his skills, lift weights, run, eat healthy, strive for perfection, overcome defeat, show good sportsmanship, toil, sweat, bleed, and sometimes even cry. So God made a wrestler.

God said, “I need an athlete who develops the character, values, self-discipline, and work ethic that will be with him even after his days of competition are over.” So God made a wrestler.

Thanks for reading this bit of creative work. I hope you found something inspiring in its words.

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