In a marriage, couples vow to support and love one another in “sickness and in health.” Similarly, having faith in God means believing in Him in good times and bad. Christopher David Muggler, a devout Christian, understands this isn’t always easy. But, Chris Muggler says, having faith in God is ultimately the best way to overcome any challenge, including rejection, loss, or other adversity. Here are his four tips for getting through tough times.
4 Ways to Remain Faithful in Dark Days
Accept Where You Are
First, Christopher Muggler advises accepting where you are. You might not be in the ideal place in life and may feel you’ve been dealt an unfair hand. But resisting will not help you move forward. Accept that this is your starting point and from here God will help you find your way. Make a conscious decision to trust Him completely and follow his lead.
Prayer is essential to communicate with God and seek His guidance, Chris Muggler says. It is also healing. Make time every day to pray. In addition to asking God to help you overcome the challenges you are currently facing, reflect on the blessings He has given you, including the blessing of a new day and a new opportunity. Expressing your trust in God to Him can further solidify your faith.
You are never alone with God on your side. But you can also seek help from spiritual advisors and members of your faith community. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Chances are, others have gone through similar situations and have realized God’s plan. Be receptive to the advice they may give. Also, be open to receiving signs from God. What some call “intuition” may be the spirit guiding you, Chris Muggler says. Remember that sometimes the greatest blessings come in unexpected packages.
Above all, Chris Muggler says, it is vital to trust in Him. The Almighty has a plan for every one of His children. While life may not always be blissful, remember that everything happens for a reason and serves a higher purpose.
When you think of all the resources and methods you can use to look for answers to your questions about life, the universe, and everything, there’s one that stands above the rest: the word of God; the Bible. Chris Muggler knows that even for experienced practitioners of faith, diving into the Bible can potentially be a little overwhelming. Because the Bible is undeniably the greatest of all resources, Chris Muggler wants to help you be able to absorb the immense amounts of knowledge found within as easily as possible.
Firstly, Chris Muggler advises, the Bible isn’t like other books in the way you might start on page one and work your way through (although, you’re certainly encouraged to try if that sounds like an undertaking you’d be adept at!). Thanks to modern-day technology, we no longer need to rely solely on personal notes and bookmarks to find the passages that are relevant to our current curiosities. Using a search engine, Chris Muggler suggests, you should be able to find exactly where to turn to to find the passages you didn’t even know you were looking for. You can even find customized Bible reading plans that are attuned to the subject or topic you’re currently researching or learning about-guiding you through specific books and passages to help you draw the correct conclusions determined by God’s word.
Another suggestion by Chris Muggler is to obtain a “scripture of the day” calendar or similar service. These are immensely helpful for those who are not looking for specific, particular answers from the Bible but who are instead simply continuing to broaden their understanding of scripture, thereby enriching their lives and the lives of those who they surround themselves with. Because the scriptures provided are usually on the short side, Chris Muggler points out, you are usually able to either spend extra time studying it, or use it as a jumping-off point to explore further into the writings of the Good Book.
Chris Muggler points to a very well-proven method of journaling that can help you understand the Bible better: the SOAP method. SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer. In a nutshell: you begin by choosing a scripture. Using the methods provided by Chris Muggler outlined above, this should be a breeze. Next, after studying the scripture, you write down what you have observed about the scripture. This can be as much or as little as you decide is important-you could fill a page with your observations, or distill what you’ve observed down to one single sentence. Sometimes, brevity can be a great tool when it comes to helping achieve a greater understanding of things.
The next step is the application of your observation. How can you apply your observation of the scripture to your everyday life? Finally, prayer. After your study is concluded, you should pray to God to ask for His help to apply what you’ve learned to your life. This is perhaps the most important step, and in Chris Muggler‘s opinion, shouldn’t be relegated to the end of the process: you should go ahead and pray beforehand as well, to ask God for the wisdom and understanding only He can bestow upon you.
One of the oldest sports, originating in ancient Greece, track and field continues to be popular among athletes in high school and beyond. Of the several events incorporated under the track and field umbrella, the 800 is one of the most common choices for high school competitors. Chris Muggler, a former high school, and college track and field athlete, explains the keys to success in any sport are discipline, drive, and practice. Here, Christopher Muggler explains four drills high school 800-meter runners can do to improve their performance.
4 Drills for 800-meter Runners
- Heel Over Knee Walking — 2 Sets: Hands on your hips, drive your knee up and down. Walk down to the end cone and lightly jog back. Point your toe up when driving your knee up, come down on the ball of your foot and do not let your heel touch the ground.
- Heel Over Knee Skipping — 2 Sets: Hands on your hips, drive your knee up and down with a little skip in between. The faster the knee goes up and down the faster you will go. Make sure your knee moves up past your waistline.
- Heel Over Knee Fast Knees — 2 Sets: Hands on your hips, drive your knee up and down as fast as you can.
- Heel Over Knee Walking with Arm Technique — 3 Sets: Position your arms at a 90-degree angle. Drive your elbows back and forward without straightening your arm on the way back. Do not let your arms move to the side. Focus on your arms going forward and back. Ensure the hand goes high above your chest and extends past your hip.
In addition to the above tips, Chris Muggler advises athletes to practice proper nutrition, train regularly, and set and achieve realistic, attainable, time-oriented goals for personal improvement and athletic accomplishment. Recalling his time as a college athlete, Chris Muggler says to “become a student of your sport,” study, and avoid procrastinating. Like reviewing materials ahead of time, rather than cramming for a big exam, routine training for track and field events yields the best results.
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From boosting physical strength to bolstering confidence, self-discipline, and focus, extracurricular activities like track and field are immensely beneficial for young people. Chris Muggler, a lifelong athlete and former high school and college Track and Field participant, credits his involvement in sports, as well as his faith, with helping him succeed in high school, college, and beyond. The UNC graduate is here to discuss three of the best faith-based running camps, which marry Christian philosophy with the sport to give young people a leg up on the competition and life.
Finding a track camp is easy, Chris Muggler said, as there are dozens around the region offered every summer. Many are provided by high schools and are geared toward home team athletes as well as other area students. Chris Muggler participated in both his high school camp and Christian-based camps during his academic career and recommends the following three as some of the nation’s most respected faith-based organizations.
- Ryun Running Camp : “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded” – 2 Chronicles 15:7. This scripture quote, which greets readers at the top of the organization’s website, sums up the Jim Ryun Running Camp philosophy: work hard, as God intended for you to do, and you’ll reap the fruits of your labor. “Launched in 1975 by three-time Olympian and five-time World Record holder, Jim Ryun, the Jim Ryun Running Camps are more than just running camps,” Chris Muggler said. ” They teach a way of life, from training young runners in how to achieve their full potential in running to creating good habits for living. A pattern of goal setting is taught to help them exceed even what they thought they could achieve – on and off the track.” This camp is offered in Virginia and Colorado.
- Altitude Project: Chris Muggler said this California camp motivates and trains distance runners for exceptional performance on the track and in ministering Christian faith in their team, campus, and communities. Chris Muggler said the Altitude Project “offers seminars, workshops, Bible studies, one-on-one discipleship, and personal devotions, setting a course for a lifetime of faith.”
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes: “The Fellowship of Christian Athletes has challenged athletes and coaches to impact the world for Jesus Christ,” Chris Muggler said of this California camp. “Camps are a time of ‘inspiration and perspiration’ for athletes and coaches who want to reach their potential through comprehensive athletic, spiritual and leadership training.”
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The Roots were a household name long before gracing televisions around the nation as the house band on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Since its inception in 1987, the group helmed by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson has been known as the face of a revolution. Chris David Muggler, an Indian Trail, North Carolina resident and graduate in psychology and urban youth development, grew up in Holland, Pennsylvania, near the home of The Roots in Philadelphia. Chris Muggler here discusses the impact of The Roots on music, culture, and the world.
Although the 1980s are sometimes referred to as the “Post-Civil Rights Era,” following the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, the fight for rights in many communities was far from over. Coinciding with the Black Civil Rights movement in particular hip-hop became the voice of a cause and community. The Roots were at the forefront of the changing genre, particularly as the group evolved and matured in the late 1990s.
“They were a band that was transcending the meaning of ‘real Hip Hop.’ The Roots were ‘real’ in the sense that they spoke every word with conscientious meaning,” Chris David Muggler said. “Even most of their album covers had an underlying meaning and a sense of empathy.”
Chris Muggler points to the group’s breakout album Things Fall Apart as an example. The cover depicts two Black teenagers circa 1960s running away from white policemen. The album title is a reference to critically acclaimed Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s novel of the same name.
“Instead of creating an artsy representation of the group, the design team used an old photograph as the cover. The artwork is a 1960s photograph of a New York race riot within the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant,” Chris Muggler said, explaining the group was inspired to delve deeper into political and social commentary through music as a result of the turbulent situation in the Middle East.
“The cover of the album not only illustrates conflicting cultural differences but also illustrates the blindness that some have toward past traditions,” Chris David Muggler said. “Ultimately, The Roots are trying to convey the loss of traditional value specifically to the African American community through their album artwork.”
The album was The Roots’ first to sell over 500,000 copies, preceding the group’s fifth item which reached Gold status.
“Things Fall Apart is a great album from a musical engineering standpoint, but what really catches attention is the cover art. The illustration of agony and fear in the girl running away greatly coincides with our cultural struggles today,”
Chris David Muggler explained that sometimes to advance and evolve, humanity must change and accept change. Unfortunately, not everyone embraces this concept. This is a theme central to Achebe’s novel and The Roots’ work as well.
“Just like in the photo, the white policemen are a product of their time, and they are trying to protect the immoral values that they grew up with,” Chris Muggler said. “The miscommunication between cultures sometimes deals with massive amounts of false perception. In Achebe’s novel, Okonkwo kills himself, ironically going against his traditional values, showing that the breakdown of one tradition can be detrimental to a certain society.”
Referring to the album cover, Chris Muggler explains things are “falling apart” for the girl in the photo and her community. “Racism was very prominent during these years, and many African Americans wanted racial equality and equal opportunity. Their reasonable wishes did not come true without a fight,” he said. “By looking at the army of police behind the two African American teens, you can tell that they were up against something bigger than color. They were up against something rooted in racist cultural belief that was passed down through some of the white generations.”
The parallels to the issues of the 1990s are clear, Chris Muggler said. Terrorism was on the rise in 1997 and Islamic extremists were bombing various nations and groups in the Middle East. The turmoil of transition inspired The Roots and their art, he said, prompting them to convey a message that no matter what nationality, color, race, or religion you are, humans are all equal and deserving of equal respect.
In addition to its ties to the Middle East, the album and its artwork and title make a direct link to hip-hop and African and African-American tradition and culture. It also points to the fact that, despite the many setbacks in the struggle for Civil Rights, the community had made great strides in their struggle for freedom and equality and continued to do so.
Chris David Muggler mentioned the song lyrics too, many of which reference activism and cultural and political causes. Even their name, referring to “square root” in mathematics, identifies them as an outlier in pop culture going their own way against the grain.
“The Roots are a group who stay true to their musical art. Getting to the root of something means trying to get to the origin.” Chris Muggler said. “As years pass on the group worries how generations will remember how far African Americans have advanced in society. They are committed to gaining and giving the black community respect and enlightenment.”
Track and field is one of the most popular school sports for good reason. Not only do participants gain physical strength, agility, and endurance, but they also learn the value of discipline, self-improvement, and setting and achieving personal goals. One of the fundamentals of any track and field event is speed. Whether it’s hurdles or short-distance running, speed is key to taking the gold. Chris David Muggler, an Indian Trail, NC, athlete, and coach, has competed in various sports throughout his academic career and beyond. Here, Chris Muggler explains how to improve speed when competing in the 800 meter.
It’s important to note, Chris David Muggler said, that the 800 is different in elementary and high school compared to college or pro levels. In grade school, it is typically referred to as mid-distance or middle-distance. In college and pro teams, it’s considered a long sprint. The difference in terms, he says, is because the events are approached and evaluated differently depending on the level. This involves the breakdown of the 800 with a focus on speed and endurance in each half of the race, the first 400 m and second 400 m.
Here are Chris Muggler’s key tips to increase speed:
- Drive your knees up.
This is a tip any runner should know. Pick your knees up so your thighs are parallel to the ground on the lift. You can practice this technique by running in place before taking it to the track. Also, make sure your knees are pointed forward, not bending to the sides, as this can result in a slower time and increase your risk of injury.
- Use proper arm technique.
Improve efficiency and aerodynamics by keeping your elbows tucked in and close to your sides. Bend them at 80-100 degrees and keep them in place. Keep them engaged to prevent the arm from swinging across the body.
- Maintain good posture.
Keep your chest up and shoulders back. Never slouch. This provides better breathing and slight momentum.
- Keep hips straight.
Although the torso should be slanted slightly forward, your hips should remain straight. When you get tired, your body may start to slouch so the hips lean to the side or back, similar to a seated position. It may feel more comfortable, but it will hinder your movement. The more linear your body movements, the less stress you have to overcome to move forward.
In addition to the above tips, Chris David Muggler advises athletes to practice proper nutrition, train regularly, and set and achieve realistic, attainable, time-oriented goals for personal improvement and athletic accomplishment. Recalling his time as a college athlete, Chris Muggler says to “become a student of your sport,” study, and avoid procrastinating. Like reviewing materials ahead of time, rather than cramming for a big exam, routine training for track and field events yields the best results.
No matter how many pushups and crunches you do, no matter how many miles you run, you won’t reach your full athletic potential without proper nutrition. The age-old saying, “you are what you eat” rings true for anyone, but especially those seeking to improve or maintain peak physical performance. Coach Christopher David Muggler of Indian Trail, NC, is committed to helping athletes become the best they can be through comprehensive training and conditioning. It all starts, he says, in the kitchen.
“Nutrition is one aspect that can be easily overlooked when training for your respective sports, especially track and field,” Christopher David Muggler said. “To put it in perspective, you can polish your sports car and have it looking super clean and all but if you have rusted guts under the hood the performance suffers.”
Christopher Muggler is a lifelong athlete whose sports career includes achievements such as new recruit for High Point University Track and Field, transfer recruit for UNC Charlotte Track and Field, and state selection in high school track. Chris David Muggler was also an administration hire for SOAR Sports organization and has coached several community teams. On the track and on the sidelines, Chris Muggler has witnessed first-hand the numerous benefits of sports on the mind and body. Today, Chris seeks to educate others in best fitness practices to inspire and facilitate lifelong health.
Likening the body to a car, Christopher Muggler explained athletes can’t rely on natural talent and physique and conditioning exercises. Fuel is also required to get where you want to go. Although everybody is different, Chris Muggler said, the fundamentals remain the same. Even those with a high metabolism should be conscious of the types of calories they’re consuming.
Christopher David Muggler recalled being a Division 1 Track and Field athlete with an unusually high metabolism. Because Chris Muggler was thin with muscle tone and great run times, he didn’t think much about diet, except right before a race. If Chris David Muggler had done so, he says, he thinks he could have been better.
“That’s one of my only regrets I have as a college athlete. I ate what I wanted and told myself that calories were calories and I’d burn them off anyway. Pre-race conditions, I followed a relatively good routine in eating fast-burning carbs and low-sugar drinks/water, but the rest of the week is where those habits were not habitual,” Christopher Muggler said. “I liken my experience to cramming for exams. Days of procrastination go by and then the big test is tomorrow. Needless to say, I didn’t do as well as I could have. Habitual preparation is key to unlocking your true potential. If you are an athlete, do your research, talk to expert nutritionists, and become a student of your sport.”