I recently was very struck by a sermon at my local church, and specifically on the topic of humility or synonymously meekness. So let’s begin defining the word meek. Meek is defined as, “quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.” Now you are probably thinking, wait a minute, meek is not necessarily a word you would strive to be described as. But let’s take a step back and take a different look at it. Another way that our pastor described meekness as “having the ability to do something, but deciding not to.” The most amazing and prime example is Christ Himself. God chose to become flesh, to live WITH US. Christ could of come out flaunting he was the messiah and stayed within the temples with the high priests and investing into them, but no, he chose to live as a vagabond, eating at the table with sinners and loving on the least of these. THIS is the true depiction of meekness.
“3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”
Just imagine how this could shape our world in the fitness industry especially. We have the potential to INVEST into others to set ourselves apart from the norm. We have this very unique opportunity where we meet others in vulnerable places. We can choose to brag about our gains, complain about our weakness or we can push that aside and dwell in the fact that we are beautifully created by THE CREATOR. I am not saying we aren’t going to have occasional insecurities pop up here and there, but its how we decide to portray those to others. We need to dig deeper than sets and reps and learn our clients, friends, and familys passions, interests, concerns and LOVE THEM FULLY where they are right here in this moment.
I also want to address social media. This is an area where I feel we really need to be intentional and take a step back and observe. We are now living in a world full of unrealistic body views, perfect lighting, photoshop and vanity. We have entered into this realm where we only show our best snap shots on social media. So here’s a few things to think about when we are posting:
What am I trying to portray? Whats my message?
Will this cause anyone to stumble?
Am I building others up or intimidating?
AM I BEING AUTHENTIC?
Its ultimately the intention or the WHY behind our content. Are we searching for instant gratification from our followers or are we loving the body that God has perfectly woven together for us? See the difference? We have an opportunity on social media to BE REAL, TO SPEAK TRUTH, AND LOVE OTHERS. We have the opportunity to use something that is so popular in todays culture to bring the light of the kingdom. Authenticity is key!
Love and encourage others and we will grow a beautiful community! What is your next step into living in the life of meekness?