Personal Trainers – Matthew 11:29-30 (NRSV)
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
I had a personal trainer at one time. I was just about to turn 60 years old and decided I wanted to get-fit-or-bust. So I joined a health club and, as part of my health club membership, I bought six sessions with a personal trainer. The first day I met this guy, he was late, and when he finally arrived, he strolled up to me, flaunting his washboard abs and biceps. He was flashing this grin as if to say, “Here I am; you’re so lucky to have me!” And I was thinking to myself, “O, please! What did I get myself into?” Needless to say, I did not have much success, and I think part of the problem was that this physical fitness trainer did not possess the characteristics he needed to get the job done.
So, what are the characteristics of a good personal trainer? The American Council on Exercise outlined seven features for successful personal trainers:
- They’re focused.
- They’re human.
- They walk the walk.
- They ask questions.
- They educate their clients.
- They don’t use too much jargon.
- They provide homework assignments.
People who possess these characteristics can help others build physical stamina. I submit to you that in times like these, we need not only physical stamina, but also spiritual fortitude, and many of us are woefully out of shape in this area. Often, we can’t do it alone. Especially, in times like these, we just might need a personal trainer to help us attend to our spiritual needs. You might be asking right about now if I know where you can find a good one. Well, thank you for asking. Indeed I do.
His credentials are impeccable. He has a history of getting results. Unlike my former physical fitness trainer, my new trainer knows how much I can bear. He feels my pain. He provides me with instruction every step of the way. He makes things plain. And he comes highly recommended. If you give him a call, I’m pretty sure he’ll be available to meet with you right now. His name is Jesus.
Jesus has exceptional qualifications. He comes highly recommended, and, if you let him, he is guaranteed to fortify your spirit in times like these and be your personal trainer.