Day 23: Pose Practice
Lifting weights is only one of the many elements of competing in a bodybuilding competition. It would be of no use for me to build muscles if I didn’t know how to present them on stage. Since I had never competed in the physique division before, I hired a trainer to help me workout and to learn my poses. For me, the physique poses were fun to learn. They are the movements synonymous with bodybuilding, including the Front Double Bicep Pose, Side Chest Pose, Side Triceps Pose and the Abdominal Pose. These poses do the best job possible to present the development of each muscle group. Otherwise, my hard work would not show. I must not only build strength but also learn how to demonstrate that strength in the correct way.
During my workouts, my trainer would randomly yell out one of my many poses. I would have to drop everything that I was doing and go straight into that pose, holding it while she inspected. I practiced each pose over and over again in front of the mirror until they became like second nature to me. If I did not learn them instinctively, I would have fumbled on stage. The stage does a good job at making one’s mind go blank. If the poses are not already there in the competitor’s body-memory, she or he will forget how to do them on stage.
There are a lot of Christian who are strong in their faith. They diligently work each day at studying God’s Word and listening to the Holy Spirit. However, when asked to display what they have learned, they may become awkward and uncomfortable. They are not relaxed while sharing their faith-knowledge to others because they do not practice sharing it privately. It may sound weird, but we can actually practice explaining our faith to our families, friends and even to the mirror. The more we become comfortable talking about Jesus and what He did on the Cross for us, the better we will become at explaining our faith in public. We can’t just have strong faith that no one can see. We must present the Gospel over and over again in our hearts until expressing it becomes second nature. When we are called out in public to explain why we believe in Jesus, we can trust that the Holy Spirit will pull just the right words out at the right time, and we will be comfortable explaining what we know is true.
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it” (1 Peter 3.15 NLT).
God, I want to be comfortable sharing my faith with others, especially in public places. I desire to be able to drop everything that I’m doing and present the Gospel to whomever is seeking Truth. Help me to not only understand faith for myself, but teach me how to clearly present the Gospel to people who are watching my life of faith. I want talking about my faith to become second-nature to me. I know that You will daily guide me in all Truth and give me everything that I need for each day. Help me to stay diligent in the Word and in communication with You, so I can be ready to explain my life of faith to others. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- When was the last time someone asked you to explain your faith?
- Are you comfortable with discussing Jesus with others?
- How can you practice sharing your faith today?
Practice makes perfect!