It was just a typical bench day. But at the same time it wasn’t. It was AMRAP day. The day I tested my training to see if my numbers were improving. I worked my way up to the last set, started the video camera, and went for it. Then this happened:
This was rep 8 of 105#. But it was also the rep when I realized I needed someone. I needed a spotter. In a room of men and a gym where I knew at least 5 people by name at that point my pride said I got it. The video proves I didn’t. The bar hit chest and on the press I couldn’t get it up. I knew there was no lock out. So I dumped a side and got the bar to the bottom rung. I racked my weights and went and hid in the ladies locker room hoping no one caught my defeat.
But in that moment I learned a valuable lesson: we all need someone.
Whether it’s a spotter behind the bench for safety, a friend across the lunch table to help process life, a spouse to hold you when life has exhausted you, or a hand to pray with when life is hard- each moment echoes that man was not created to be alone.
We are called to live in community. To join in corporate worship not for the sake of numbers on a roster but because when we come together we:
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”Proverbs 27:17 ESV
“For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”Ecclesiastes 4:10 ESV
We sharpen, lift up, encourage, and help one another not for our name sake but His.
So today, join together with someone. Take a moment for a heart check with that friend who you’ve noticed hasn’t smiled as much lately. Grab a friend to workout together for safety and support. Take coffee to a mom who’s at home with the kids this week. Call the friend in another state to see how you can pray for them. Join together to remember it’s better there instead of being alone.