Reduced to Your Training

I had a conversation with someone recently who was describing a loved one as they approached the end of their life. As the mental faculties and physical acumen failed over time, the aging parent reverted with greater and greater intensity to a particular time of life. “My dad was reduced to his training,” said my friend.

It’s all about muscle memory, isn’t it? You watch an accomplished gymnast and you know they can’t be consciously thinking about every move they are making. The pianist doesn’t have time to tell each individual finger which note to play, any more than the flight of a bumblebee can be the result of a conscious decision by those energetic insects.

How much of our behavior is determined by the habits we develop, the opinions we nurture, the trends we accept as our own?

Jesus had disciples – that is, people who were learning from a master. When push comes to shove we revert to the training we have submitted to over the course of our lives. May we submit to the the Way of Jesus. Let him be the master who determines the training we ultimately will revert to.

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.

  • Mark Jacunski

    This is a great way to think about the value of forming good spiritual habits throughout our lives. I’ve also found that “spiritual muscle memory” can fade if we don’t remain in practice.