Since the dawn of mankind, people the world over have celebrated spring, a season of rebirth and renewal. For Christians, the season is even more meaningful as it is the time of Jesus’ death and resurrection. In the 40 days before the holiest holiday Easter Sunday, many Christians participate in Lent. While different sects and individuals have particular Lent traditions, the period typically involves penitence, prayer, and fasting or abstaining. Christopher David Muggler, a devoted man of God, is here to offer a few tips to make the most of Lent.
First, Chris Muggler advises praying daily. As Martin Luther said, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Prayer can be healing and help you find the answers to life’s challenging questions. It is also an opportune time to express your love and gratitude to God for giving His only son to save us.
Christopher Muggler says Lent can also be a time of reconciliation. Giving something up is a key factor of Lent, often achieved by fasting. However, Chris Muggler says you can also let go of negative things, such as resentment or bitterness you may feel toward another person, your past, or even yourself. Bitterness and resentment serve no one; these negative emotions only stand in the way of your growth and forward motion. Importantly, remember one of Jesus’ most crucial tenets was to forgive.
Next, Chris David Muggler says Lent would not be complete without penance. As Jesus said, “Unless you do penance you will perish.” As Jesus died to absolve mankind of original sin, it is your responsibility to do penance for your wrongdoing. Everyone makes mistakes, Chris Muggler says. God does not expect perfection but asks that all of His children do all they can do be the best version of themselves. Repent for the mistakes you have made and consider how you can improve. At the same time, Chris Muggler says to give up something you love during the Lent period. Whether you fast during daylight hours or give up something like TV or Internet usage, denying yourself this pleasure can help open your mind and heart to receive God more fully.
Finally, Christopher Muggler says Lent is a time of almsgiving. While you are giving up something for yourself, you can do more for others. Chris Muggler suggests volunteering, either solo or with your family or church group. Many community organizations, including soup kitchens, shelters, and hospitals, regularly need volunteers. Not only is volunteering a great way to observe Lent and be more Christlike, but it is also an excellent way to learn to appreciate more the good fortune you have. Chris Muggler suggests in addition to volunteering, pair your giving with spring cleaning. Give away gently used clothing, furniture, and other goods you don’t need to people who can use these items.
With the new year and new decade upon us, multitudes of people are embarking on a journey toward positive change, whether it’s being a better partner or parent, getting healthier, or achieving professional goals. As most successful individuals will tell you, one of the most important keys to achieving your goals, no matter how small or large, is to seek guidance and inspiration. And there is no better advisor than the Almighty. Chris David Muggler knows this well and wishes to enlighten others.
Today, Chris David Muggler is a devout man of God continuously seeking to better understand His word and apply it to his own life in order to be and do better. However, like many, Chris Muggler was not always devout. He explains, “My personal Christian testimony is not my own. It’s another glimpse of God’s grace being brought to another broken sinner through His Holy Spirit. I grew up with interests in Christianity but was swayed away from it. I lived for attention and love but they never seemed to fulfill my desires in totality.”
Temptations and distractions are everywhere and it is understandable that many people, particularly young people, can find it challenging to sit quietly and humbly to truly hear God’s word and take it to heart, much less apply His teachings by living a pious life. Fortunately, Chris David Muggler was persuaded to attend a Campus Outreach meeting in his sophomore year at UNC Charlotte. It was then that he truly opened his heart and received God’s love and enlightenment for the first time. In the weeks and months that followed, he found the fulfillment he had been yearning for and became a changed man.
Chris Muggler now attends the Christ Covenant Church in Matthew, NC. He advises that attending weekly church services and surrounding himself with likeminded people who share his faith, beliefs, and priorities, has been paramount to his continuing journey of self-improvement.
As author Ann Voskamp said, “Too often we want clarity and God wants us to come closer.”
As humans, it is our natural inclination to question, to seek answers. As Chris David Muggler and many others have been blessed to learn, it is God that has those answers. By embracing Him and choosing Him as our leader, we gain not only wisdom but love.
Chris David Muggler explores the numerous benefits of prayer.
Prayer is one of the holiest experiences one can experience on a daily basis: prayer is not simply asking for something from a divine source or repetition of phrases meant to make us feel better. Prayer, Chris David Muggler explains, is a conversation with God; a special, personal communication between a true believer and their Creator.
The Bible has many things to say about prayer, and some of it can be tough to navigate without additional explanation from someone versed in the teachings of Christ. Chris David Muggler wants to help all those who wish to honor the Lord feel confident in their prayers.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 states: “Pray without ceasing.” Obviously, this doesn’t mean you should be constantly praying every second of every day. So, what does it mean? Chris David Muggler explains: prayer should be a consistent, constant part of your life. Do not feel hesitant in the least about praying before any major or minor event in your life: receiving strength and wisdom from the Lord can be affirming in a way that helps you traverse even the most dreadful of situations.
Chris David Muggler points out: the Bible also tells us “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of others. Assuredly I say to you, they have their reward.” (Matthew 6:5).
How can this passage be applied to the manner in which you pray? Chris David Muggler wants you to understand that this passage does not mean you should hide your prayers: indeed, you should not be ashamed in the least about your faith and the glory it brings to your life. The purpose of this passage, Chris David Muggler explains, is to condemn the act of praying for the purpose of performance. Vanity is a sin, and praying for the sole purpose of attracting attention to one’s self is a particularly blasphemous example of vanity.
So, what should we be praying for? Chris David Muggler advises that we should only be asking God for things that we ourselves can not do for ourselves. To ask God for holy protection or divine insight into something beyond the purview on man is one thing—to petition our Lord and Savior to help you find the television remote is another thing entirely.
There are other things you can try if you feel as though your prayers have been lacking in substance, suggests Chris David Muggler. For example, if you usually pray silently, you can try praying out loud. While praying silently is absolutely OK—God will hear your prayer no matter how you communicate with Him—praying out loud can help you retain focus. You can also find a prayer partner. While you should absolutely be having one-on-one time God, it can be a good experience to share your prayer with another who will rejoice in Christ with 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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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. Christopher Muggler 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, Christopher Muggler seeks to inspire others to seek and gain the benefits of health, faith, and sportsmanship.
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.”