It is an analogy we use all the time… The closer something is to you, the easier it is to control. The 450lb bar might as well be part of Abouelyazideid Ossama in this picture. Keeping the bar close in a clean keeps the weight in alignment and under control.
Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. -James 4:8
If something matters to you, and you aren’t “keeping it close” you will lose control, things will get out of alignment. What are you keeping close? Where is your focus? Where is your loyalty and where should it be?
Keep calm, WOD on, and God bless.