The other day I was looking at a training guide for running and it talks about "proud" form. Proud form is your chest out, your back straight and your arms working parallel to the ground. Proud form is good form. Good running is running with good, proud form.
I just run, but I need to run with better form in order to be a great runner.
For me the parallel with the Christian life came easy. Any one of us can be following Christ, reading Scripture, and going to church - this doesn't mean we are doing it well. We have to have good form - in this case it means making sure we are doing all of this the right way and, for the Christian life, for the right reasons. Good form in this case would be showing the fruits of the Spirit in our lives (peace, patience, kindness, love, longsuffering, humility, etc). When we run the race with the right form we maximize our effort - our Scripture reading, our service, and our prayer. Good form is the key to running . . . and the key to our our spiritual life.
Get good form!