Yesterday, Josh and I took our first Tae-Kwon-Do lesson. What a blast! To understand what that means, I must take you back 25 years to my childhood. I was a kung-fu nut. Every Saturday, I would watch the kung-fu movies religiously. I wanted to be Bruce Lee. My secret desire was to be a ninja. Well, that is not my secret desire anymore but it would be cool to be a ninja.
Back to the story. When Josh asked if we could do Tae-Kwon-Do, I was reminded of my childhood dreams. So, I instantly said yes and we started our lessons.
It was an incredible time, however, there was a little intimidation. It was quite humbling to be in a room with 7 to 47 year olds and the 7 year olds are a higher belt class than Josh and I. Not to mention, there was a 12 year old black belt. In other words, there were some young kids in there that could probably take me out.
When you start a class like this, they do not go by age, but by knowledge and skill. In fact, I can almost guarantee that most of these kids in the room, looked at me and thought, “How come the chubby guy can’t kick above his belt? Why does he groan when we do the kicking exercises?” My friends, I am out of shape. Or as a friend of mine says, “I am a shape: round!”
Thinking about these things makes me ponder how often we are as Christians. Out of shape! We can become spiritually lazy and get out of spiritual shape. We are not as sharp in the Word as we used to be or our prayer life is lacking. We lack the discipline to keep our inner life in tip top shape because we neglect it.
As believers, it is similar to the Tae-Kwon-Do class. A 7 year old that is in shape can be superior to a 38 year old out of shape. We are supposed to continue to grow closer to the Lord and more knowledgeable of His Word, but if we are honest, sometimes, kids know more than us. Study to show yourselves approved a workman does not need to be ashamed. We must rightly divide the Word of Truth.