Give It Some Thought
From Psalm 101
Hope from Today's Reading:
"I will ponder the way that is blameless." (Psalm 101:2 ESV)
Sometimes I don't even know how it's possible—like yesterday, we were doing twisting reverse crunches, which we've done several times before, yet one of the trainers came by and corrected my form, again.
This happens to me multiple times a week (as in, every time I'm at the gym). Not because the trainers don't explain themselves well, or because I'm not listening (well ...), or because I've never done the exercise before (that's the sad part!). It's just that when it comes to all things athletic, I'm not a natural. I have to work a little harder than most.
But at least one thing isn't natural to any of us: blamelessness. That's why the verse says, "I will ponder the way that is blameless" (Psalm 101:2). A similar verse in Romans says, "Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all" (12:17). I don't think I've ever noticed those two words until this week.
"Ponder," "give thought": this implies intentionality, focus, determination. And these instructions aren't for one; they're for all of us, meaning no one can say, "He (or she) just has an easier time." Rather, he (or she) has given it some thought.
It's what we all need to do if we're going to hold proper form.