Gina Caswell Kelly
I have been to a couple of powerlifting meets lately. If you have never been to one, I will have to say, you might want to go. They are pretty interesting to watch. You find yourself cheering for all the kids, whether they are from your team or not. There is just something about seeing all that “try” on their faces that makes you want to encourage them, whether you even know them or not. And that is such an example of how we should be in life. We should always encourage each other in all things, even those we do not know.
In powerlifting, you have the person that is lifting. You have the weights. You have the rack. You have the judges. But that is not all. You also have spotters. Generally, there are three spotters. There is one guy on each side of the weight bar ready to help get the weight off if it proves to be too much. Then you have the guy behind the lifter with his hands poised underneath the lifter’s shoulders, but not touching them, ready to help the lifter get back up if he can’t bear the load on his shoulders. Surely you can see by now where this thought is going.
We need spotters in real life! We need those people in our lives who are standing ready to help bear the load. We need those folks standing on either side, ready to help shift the weight for us to a more manageable place and we need that spotter ready with his arms beneath our shoulders ready to raise us up when our load is weighing us down.
In Galations 6:2, Paul writes, “Bear one another’s burdens, and in doing this, you will fulfill the law.” So, see? It is not just a good idea. It is a command. We are made to help each other. We are made to lift the burdens off others and help them bear them. In doing this, we strengthen ourselves and the friend whom we are helping. At the last meet I went to, one of the spotters was not a powerlifter. I heard him say, “Man, I am not sure I can lift this weight off when we need to.” The spotter on the other side, also not a lifter, said, “Yeah, but I will bet we can lift it together.” Well, you know me. I got teary-eyed. The truth is, I was already teary-eyed as the column was forming in my mind as God was showing me the amazing work of the spotters. But, as I hear these two discussing doing the work together, I was so proud of our young athletes and so proud of the lesson that was being taught.
At this meet, I saw so much “try” on the faces of the lifters, but I also saw trust. They trusted that they would not have to bear their burden alone, if it was too much. They knew they could depend on those spotters standing along side and those standing behind.
My question for you is this, can others trust you to help bear their burdens? Are you one others can depend on and know they are not walking this path alone? We have come through a pretty dark time. We still have lots of folks who need someone to walk along side and help bear their burdens. Are that one?
Be a spotter in life! It will make a difference.