CORE Strength

996, 997, 998, 999 and 1000. Ahhh… done with my crunches.

LOLOL. Maybe within the year.

I am not the most consistent person when it comes to my workouts. I tend to focus on my extremities and get slack when it comes to strengthening my core. Plus, I get so distracted with daily life stuff that I easily fall in and out of cycles when it comes to my health.

This is the time of the year in Charlotte when all the yard work kicks into high gear. I have quite a large bit of property, so there is much to be done – and it never ends. On top of that there is the maintenance of the house and all that entails. Some days I just don’t get around to my workout.

Sure, I am getting exercise when I work in the yard. But, I keep telling myself if the only workout I have time for is some work on my core, that is what I need to do. Consistently.

A few days ago I did hours of lifting and moving and chopping and trimming… suddenly, the next day I had this terrible pain. I thought surely I had managed to get a hernia. I had never felt that type of pain. It was hard to walk, sit down, lie down, get up…. everything I did HURT. I became aware of just how much my core meant to me! How much it supports every movement I make.

I was grateful when Doc said NO HERNIA. However, if I had been faithful to do my crunches and core work every day, I probably would not have injured myself during all that activity. Focusing on my core rather than arms and legs would have prevented me from taking two days to rest with minimal physical activity.


CORE is defined as: the central or most important part of something; inmost part; essence (fundamental nature or quality)

We know our bodies need a strong core to be healthy. We have a core curriculum in school. The core of an apple contains the seeds and the structure for the entire fruit.

You get the picture.

This all relates to our spirituality as well. We can piddle around all day with details and this and that, and read a verse here and do a good deed there. But, just as with our physical bodies, our total strength is only as good as the strength of our core.

My Pastor once made the point that Jesus should not be at the top of our list of priorities. If your lists are anything like mine, I don’t necessarily cross them off in order. I may have a high priority task listed below a low priority task. Pastor’s point was that Jesus should be at the CORE of everything we do. That means He is central to everything else. All other things in our life will be supported by that core, and if that core is strong, we will be strong too.

This is how it should be with our relationship with our Lord. If we focus on our core relationship with him, then the relationships we have with others and to the rest of the world will become stronger automatically.  Jesus Himself will become the supporting structure around which the rest of your life grows and strengthens.

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Me you have everything you need, both for this life and for the life yet to come. Don’t let the impact of the world shatter your thinking or draw you away from focusing on Me. The ultimate challenge is to keep fixing your eyes on Me, no matter what is going on around you. When I am central in your thinking, you are able to view circumstances from My perspective.”
Sarah Young from Jesus Calling

Now… I’m off to talk with my friend Jesus while I do some core strengthening. How about you?


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