My Granddad is a beast. He is almost eighty years young, and still hit’s the gym at least four times a week. When he was younger, he used to do seated curls with 105 lb dumbbells, and seated barbell curls with 220 lbs. He did this weighing only 170 lbs. That’s the stuff that legends are made of.
My brother’s and I looked at him as a hero that we wanted to emulate. Therefore, we began pumping iron at a pretty young age. We never quite matched his stats, but we gave it our best shot nonetheless.
One of the keys to lifting weights is finding a good spotter. A spotter is essential if you are going to push yourself to the limits. A spotter is generally a buddy that quits flexing his bi’s and tri’s in the mirror long enough to lend you a helping hand.
What a good spotter does is help you lift the weight off the rack to get started. Then he screams at you to push and/or pull, all the while leaving his hands around the bar just in case you need help.
A good spotter will help you obtain new personal highs. He will free you up to not worry about failure.
I think that as we consider exercising our faith, we should all have a good spotter. This will be somebody that helps you get started, that knows what your goals are before you get started, and then encourages you and pushes you to reach those goals.
If you find yourself in trouble, they will be there to help you get through it. When you don’t feel like you can possibly reach further, they will push you forward. A good spotter is needful.
The relationship between Jonathon and David is a great example of this concept.
I Samuel 23:16 – And Jonathon … went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.
I Samuel 23:17 – And he said unto him, Fear not … thou shalt be King over Israel, I shall be next to thee.
Jonathan helped propel David beyond his burnout stage, brought his vision back, and ultimately strengthened his hand.
Paul had Barnabas. Timothy had Paul. Peter had John. Who is your spotter?