You need a 'Spot'

My hubby is a body builder and during the lock down period, he began training my 13-year-old son to lift weights. My son is at the age of wanting abs and a great body to impress. Considering he is young, the training is not as intense. While watching them train, I learned the interesting concept of spotting. On consulting my friend Google, I found an interesting article by Matt Biss on spotting.

Nicely put, he claims that, “Spotting is not just a question of etiquette. It is how you can help a friend hit a PR (Personal Record) and not get injured in the process. Spotting is where gym etiquette and safety intersect, and where things can turn from you've-got-it-bro to what-just-happened instantaneously. Simply put, your job as a spotter is to make the lift safe. This might mean simply being there so the lifter feels safe, or it might mean something more tactile, like helping rack and unrack the weight. On occasion, you may be called to watch closely or help in max-effort reps or during overload work like dropsets or partial reps. One thing is always consistent, though: Your job is to pay attention. If someone asks you to spot for them, then do it. Don't look at what someone else is doing, play on your phone, or allow yourself to be distracted in any other way. When I ask for a spot, I am asking you to help keep me safe.”

I believe that, we need Spotters in our lives, especially in this season of Lockdown. We need community. We can only get through this together. Sometimes we try our best to be brave and work it out on our own, however we need each other. God has given us community. People to make us feel safe, watch us closely, keep an eye on us to the point of saying you-got-this-bro, (or sis).

In my previous post, ‘riding the waves,’ I advised on establishing a daily routine and being still and seeking God. If you, like me, struggle with self-discipline, then the chance that you had followed my advice every day is slim. Its very easy to fall back into our old habits. I am normally disciplined when there is a deadline to meet, an assignment due, or a work commitment that my manager requests. However, when there is an absence of a deadline, procrastination immediately sets in.

This is where Spotters come in. Accountability partners. For some, it would be their spouses, (sometimes nagging spouses), parents, siblings, friends, work colleagues, or mentors. Nevertheless, whoever it is, we are in constant need each other’s support, especially during quarantine. A guide, a push, a motivation to keep the routines and safeguard us from losing our minds.

The Good Book says a lot about accountability partners.

Proverbs 27:17

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Galatians 6:1-2

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 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! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Romans 15:1-7

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbour for his good, to build him up.

.Friend, in this season of crisis we need to reach out to our communities and our loved ones. Start by following an online church , exercise group, gaming community and so on.

We need each other. We got this. We are going to be OK.


Dear Lord,

I pray for my friend right now. I pray that you will help them with the struggles they are going through in this season. For you know exactly what they need in this moment. Draw near to them and let them feel your presence. Open their eyes, ears, and hearts to you. Help them have the discernment to hear your voice as you lead them in their next steps. Speak to them as they read your word and bring verses of encouragement and comfort to their attention. I pray that you will calm any fear or anxiety they may be feeling. Replace it with the confidence to obey your word and to trust you. I pray that your guidance will be clear to them from this day forward. In your name, I pray. Amen.

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