I’m in the midst of processing photos from a recent powerlifting meet (which side note: nothing makes you miss the platform more than being surrounded by lifting friends and being in the the middle of the atmosphere again.)
As I’ve been processing through them, something stood out to me for the first time since I began lifting. No matter the weight, there were always spotters. Not once was there a lifter who got under the bar and someone say ” That’s an easy load to bear, they can do it alone.” No, each lifter got the support they needed without outside judgement determining if they could go the course alone.
Where am I going with this? Well it’s much like when we bear the weight of the burdens of this world. Too often we try to do so alone. I learned from a bench experience that when you leave out your spotter you can end up in deep waters. Just like in lifting, we need supporters nearby. They don’t carry the load for us, but there are there to catch us when the weight becomes to heavy to bear.
We were called to “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”- Galatians 6:2. To not let the burden of another crush them. We are to be alert to the needs of others to help make them lighter. We are also called to share our burden with others, to humble ourselves in admittance that we need help.
So if you see a sister or brother enduring their burden, don’t assume they are strong
enough to bear it alone and when you are enduring your own burdens, don’t be so prideful to say ” I’ve got this, I can do it alone.”
Let’s be each other’s spotters. #lessonsfromlifting
Kaela Kennedy is a professional photographer, amateur powerlifter, wife, mother and Children’s Ministry Director for The Journey Church in Paulding County, GA. She occasionally sleeps but is never far from her camera. Powerlifting has given her the chance to blend her passion for Jesus, photography and exercise. See her work or contact her to book a photo shoot at Kaela Kennedy Photography on Facebook or read more from her by visiting her blog, Beloved Inspiration.