“Hey Marie, point those feet, flap your thighs, not just your calves so you could move faster,” shouted my instructor as I did the freestyle.
I learned how to swim when my family and I were living in Thailand. My husband, Romeo, taught me the breast stroke technique and since then, that was the only swimming method that I did and knew. Moving in Canada, I envied those people who swim like fish, fluttering their arms and legs with ease; synchronizing the movement of their head, arms and legs to their breathing. Since I like water sports, I thought improving my swimming techniques would make me enjoy the sports more.
First, I began reading books on swimming. Hmn…that didn’t help me much since the authors said I should practice what I’ve read: that’s the only way I would know if I got the technique right. Next, I bought the basic swimming gears to make my swimming enjoyable – a properly sized swim suit (one that fits the body perfectly – not tight or loose), a head cap, goggles, and a nose clip. The other gadgets are already available in recreation centres so I figured it’s not wise to buy those stuffs. Then I enrolled in a swimming class: a ten-meeting course for 45 minutes per session. I figured that reading books on swimming and actually having someone lead me to do it properly would help me learn faster.
As I study the techniques from session to session, I learned that it takes a lot of practice to perfect a stroke. So, I practice three to four times a week from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm practicing breast stroke, freestyle, back stroke, front and back whip kick, and pretty soon, butterfly too. I notice that there’s an improvement in my technique in every practice. My endurance lengthens and water doesn’t come into my nose anymore.
Practice develops endurance. Practice makes a technique perfect.
The Bible also says that our faith would improve more as we constantly fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. That means we have to devote solid amount of time regularly reading His words. That means we have to apply the concepts He is teaching us from His words. When we practice what we preach, and we walk our talk, we mirror Christ in our lives.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.