Find a Spotter

There I stood. I had been in this place before, but all of the obstacles that were before me seemed like more than I could endure this time. I noticed several people going at their own pace—some doing much more than I could imagine, and others with eyes of uncertainty looking just as bewildered as I felt. The clamoring around me was an unwelcomed distraction from the task at hand. I had no idea how to drown out the noise, how to move forward, or bear the weight that was too much for me to balance on my own.

"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

After my warm-up and some other essential exercises to get prepared for increased weights, I reclined on the bench, placed my hands in the proper position, and gave a slight nod to my spotter. The first few presses felt shaky since my muscles were a bit fatigued and I hadn’t regularly been flexing them. My spotter quietly watched with intent, paying close attention to when and where they might need to step in. I found my stride, in part, because there’s comfort in knowing that someone was there to help keep the weight from crushing down on me. I finished the set; my spotter ever so slightly guided the bar along with me back to its rack, being conscious of not getting in the way of what I was working on but reminding me that they were there to shoulder the load if needed.

The world would have us believe that we can go at this life alone. The messaging is that individual growth can be devoid of interpersonal connection. Secular autonomy encourages us to willfully shut out those who can help keep us transfixed on our purpose in God. However, spotters help us see what may only be evident through a position outside of our individual perspective. Their support makes room for the work to (re)build strength in God’s will. A spotter’s words of encouragement through prayer can help silence the world's clamoring. They may or may not be stronger, but spotters take turns supporting one another.

You don’t just walk into a gym and throw an abundance of weight on a rack and will your way into lifting them on your own without the potential of doing some real damage. The safest way to press through is to find a spotter.

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11

by Danielle Boardley
Danielle, along with her husband Dominic and children, moved to NJ in April 2014 and began attending Kingsway shortly thereafter. Quickly accepting the invitation to go through Growth Track, they learned more about the church, their spiritual strengths, and landed on the Worship Arts team. Danielle values spending quality time with her family and finding ways to express herself creatively. Joining the Kingsway blog team was yet another exciting opportunity to serve through creative expression. Her love of writing began in her youth when she was introduced to the works of Maya Angelou. Inspired by her prose, Danielle published a book of poetry in 2007.


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