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by Chad Zueck | Director of Content Creation

The Big Idea – Put In The Reps

Fitness and spiritual development work with this same idea. Put in the reps.

A good fitness routine will have some variation of sets and reps. A set is a collection of “reps.” Reps are the number of repetitions in a workout regimen. Over the course of a man’s physical development, he will have to find a routine, work the routine and eventually change the routine to stay fresh.

A man needs a fitness routine change to:

  • Breakthrough a weight loss plateau
  • Build new muscles
  • Fight boredom
  • Keep making gains

Spiritually, a man needs to become a man of habit and intention.

A good routine for spiritual growth requires putting in the “reps.” Over time, we see lasting change. It’s not usually fast, but it will be steady when we put in the effort. As Dallas Willard once said, “Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning.”

What are the reps for spiritual growth? Daily time with God.

Daily time with God is like a container. In this container, a man may have solitude, bible reading, meditation, prayer, journaling, a slow walk outdoors, fasting or breathing techniques used to renew his mind with scripture.

Here’s a good passage to read and meditate on during your daily time with God.


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

2He makes me lie down in green pastures,

he leads me beside quiet waters,

3he restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake.

4Even though I walk

through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

6Surely goodness and love will follow me

all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23


The “put in the reps” principle is everywhere.

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” Bruce Lee, legendary martial artist

What do Bruce, Dallas, and fitness specialists have in common?

Change happens when you put in the reps.


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