When you see a military person or law enforcement officer, whether in or out of uniform, they often have a particularly recognizable bearing. They are so filled with their training that the way they move, the way they walk, talk, interact, the way they “are” is so ingrained, organic and natural that they can’t help but “be” that way. They aren’t trying to be any particular way, they just are.

The more you do something, the better and more natural you become at doing it. [Tweet this!]

It’s the same with any type of training. You don’t have to think about it as much, you don’t have to force the movements or behaviors like you did when you first started learning because you have done it so often that it becomes automatic. The muscle memory has been taught and stored, the information has been programmed.

The phenomenon works in sports, parenting, medicine, any profession, every first responder position. It goes hand in hand with experience and practice and repetition. If I was having a baby, I would want the doctor who had delivered hundreds of babies over the one who hadn’t delivered any, because he or she would have experience with any complication that might arise. If my dog was sick, I would prefer the veterinarian who had treated hundreds of animals over the one who had only treated ten.

You get the idea.

If you had a big, important, life-changing court case ahead of you, you would want the attorney who had been practicing for years, who had won tons of cases, who was an expert in this field of practice, who knew the law and statutes and legal blah blah to be on your side as opposed to the opposing counsel.

That’s why there is continuing education in almost every profession: lawyers, teachers, doctors, dentists, law enforcement, firefighter, paramedic, military…pastors.

Whatever your level of spiritual practice, you want a pastor who teaches from the Bible, not someone who makes stuff up as they go along or preaches judgment, or only teaches select fluff pieces to make the listeners happy. Heck, I could teach fluff pieces. It would be entertaining, but it wouldn’t be very accurate or educational.

walk and talk

Unlike lawyers and doctors and law enforcement, a good amount of the training taught to pastors is available to the rest of us without having to pay a gazillion dollars or learn what a metatarsal is or go through months of torturous physical training. It can be learned by opening your heart and studying, by reading not only the Bible but books about history, and by talking with others about the Bible. In other words, there is no excuse to not expand our knowledge in this area.

When we fill ourselves with the kind of love Jesus showed, and we have the desire to share that kind of love with others, and we continue to read and remember more and more of the Word, we are receiving and exercising spiritual training. When we are filled with that kind of training, we begin to exhibit that “bearing”…in the way we behave, the way we talk, think, interact with others.

Our walk will talk love. That’s a pretty worthwhile bearing to exemplify.

Becky is a single mom and a reluctant disciple, called to share her story with others in her own unconventional way. She knows God equips her for her journey, and does her best to trust in His plan for that journey, and not to judge others on their journeys…unless the waist of their pants is at their butt cheeks; then she thinks they should pull those puppies up. Or if somebody says she eats too much chocolate; then she just can’t be friends with them anymore. But she will pray for them. Join her to discover how your plans and God’s plans come together in this life filled with groovy trails.