(Photo credit goes to user sobima.)

As I continue to do my Pilates, my form gets better and better. This isn’t me blowing my own horn. It’s taken a long time for me to really start to correct my ways.  

As I repeat the same routine I notice things the instructor says which I’ve been missing, such as, I’m not holding my leg straight enough. This is important to engaging the muscle. Keep the leg underneath strongly anchored as well. Your arm also needs to be supporting you. Thereby, keeping your body still and further isolating the leg that you’re trying to tone. 

It all makes a difference. You feel that difference the next day. Sometimes even the same day.

The other thing I’ve noticed when exercising is sometimes I need a fresh set of eyes. Or I require an entirely different set of eyes. 

When doing a cardio routine last week I came across a move that I just couldn’t figure out. I tried and tried but my feet would not get with the program. I couldn’t figure out what the instructor was doing. 

Often in a dance class the instructor will not only show you visually, but they will come along side you and place your feet as needed. Then they’ll tell you how to move them and in which direction to move them. 

I can’t dance, and I’ve never taken dancing lessons. I imagine I would need much more hands on instruction. I’m not naturally coordinated. Therefore, following an exercise routine can be quite a hopeless endeavor for me if the foot and hand work are too visually complicated. 

After way too many attempts with my own eyes I asked Andrew to come see if he could figure out what she was doing. I hoped that he could show me how to do it. Oddly, he has way better natural coordination than I do. I guess we’re all gifted in different areas. 

A similar thing occurred when Andrew was teaching me to drive recently.  First I watched him do it himself. Then I climbed into the driver’s seat, but I could’nt get my hands to do what he had shown me. It took Andrew placing my hands on the wheel the way they needed to be for me to finally catch on. I still need some more practice. These new driving skills have thrown my driving right off… 

Sometimes we all need another set of eyes and an instructor to show us how it’s done. That’s why Jesus was sent to us. We couldn’t do it on our own with our own set of eyes. We were all like myself: hopelessly uncoordinated and blind to how to do it right. But given some time, practice and lots of help we can learn to turn the steering wheel hand over hand and happily step and tap our way through life…. 😁

Jesus our Instructor and Savior

For here is the way God loved the world—he gave His only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in Him will never perish but experience everlasting life.

John 3:16 (The Passion Translation)

Step and tap and step and tap….

17 thoughts on “Instruction

  1. I’m so thankful that Jesus led by example. How comforting and helpful that is when we need instruction. (And for me I need instruction every moment! 😬) I love the video you shared. I am not coordinated either. When I do exercise videos like that and I don’t know what the heck they’re doing, I just keep moving to my own steps. Lol. You have helped nudge me too, to start doing Pilates again. Thank you for the encouragement and inspiring post! 🤗♥️


    1. Yes, I need instruction every moment as well. I normally just do my own thing when I can’t figure out what they’re doing also. But this one was bothering me. It was the only move in that routine I couldn’t do. Another set of eyes and instruction can defintly help. Pilates is great. I find it very relaxing. Not too relaxing, it does work your muscles, but the movements can definitely be relaxing. You’re so welcome, and thank YOU. 🤗❤

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  2. Trying to get life on my own can be a recipe for frustration. Thank God for the gift of Jesus and the Holy spirit. I wish the video is louder 😄 and you are a great entertainer- I love your spirit ❤️❤️❤️


  3. Ah, you make me smile, my friend. Not only can I totally relate on the coordination thing but I love the way you draw such great Biblical lessons from your experiences. Very proud of you for all you are working on. 🙂 Blessings!


  4. I am thankful that Jesus is our instructor and saviour.
    You managed to get the step and tap by the end of the video- dance steps are not always easy.
    Pilates – I enjoy it too.


  5. I’m smiling. Yes we all do need help in life. There is always one source of the best advice. We just have to open our hearts and be patient. By the way you don’t teach a smile like that. You have a smile that makes others smile. That is a wonderful gift. Now I’m going to wreck my hips doing that move now. ❤️


    1. Thanks for making me laugh dad. 😂🤣😂🤣🤣 Some pilates starts on the floor. You could always roll over and take a nap. I know how you like your naps.. 😂🤣😂🤣😂


  6. I’m hopeless when it comes to exercising, and I’m not very coordinated in these things. Besides the fact that I don’t enjoy exercise and the fact that I’m 76 years old, my body is not able to do many of the things I could do years ago. It’s hopeless. 🙂 I don’t even try any more. But I commend your efforts to doing this, and glad you are feeling the benefits of it. God bless you, Tina.


    1. I’m hoping that if I keep at it while I’m still somewhat young I’ll enjoy the fruits of my labor when I’m older. Then I and can still have a long life full of adventures. Currently adventures are on hold… but who knows what the future will hold. I want to be ready! 😊 God Bless you too Diane.


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