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An Athlete’s Prayer

I thank you, O God, for giving me a body which is fit and strong,

And for making me able to use it well.

In my training,

Help me never to shirk the discipline which I know that I need

And that I ought to accept.

In my leisure and in my pleasure,

Help me never to allow myself any indulgence

Which would make me less fit than I ought to be.

When I compete with others

Help me, win or lose, to play fair.

When I win,  keep me from boasting

When I lose, keep me from making excuses.

Keep me from being conceited when I succeed, and from being sulky when I fail.

And help me always with good will congratulate a better man who beat me.

Help me so to live that I will always have a healthy body and healthy mind.

This I ask for Your love’s sake.  Amen

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