Building a Strong Core
by Diana Scothorn
Having a fitness background, I understand the importance of strength. It’s necessary to have a solid core to have optimum results. Weak core muscles can lead to fatigue, less endurance, and injuries.
The Mayo Clinic tells us there are five main benefits of a strong core:
1) Injury prevention
2) Reduction of back pain
3) Improved lifting mechanics
4) Balance, stability, and posture
5) Improved athletic performance
Interestingly enough, the same is true with our…
If we’re not rooted in the word of God and don’t understand the importance of having a strong foundation to stand on, we’ll experience unnecessary pain.
God’s Word doesn’t prevent pain from ever happening. However, it does give us the courage to face the pain as He works out all things for our good. (Romans 8:28) Running from our problems doesn’t make them go away; it just leaves them in the place they are until we are face to face with them again.
In the past, I became an expert at not facing my pain. I lost my sister and brother both at a young age, and then eventually lost my previous marriage to betrayal. I chose to ignore the pain and bury it in my heart as if that would make the pain go away.
It didn’t go away but instead began to pile up until the heaviness in my heart couldn’t bare the burden anymore. Eventually, our pain will spill over into our family, friends as well as careers. We were never meant to carry our burdens! Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Like our physical core, having a strong spiritual core will support us during trials. It’ll help us to stay on course and not lose our way (stability) and keeps us on the course (balance) as we place our hope and trust (posture) in Jesus. Jesus will lead the way, but we must keep our eyes fixed on Him.
Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.”
Jesus will help us endure, as well as secure our heavenly reward! When we trust Jesus, He will help us finish our race!
There is no burden too significant for Jesus to carry! There is no sin too big for Jesus to forgive, and there is not one good thing He will withhold from our lives when we recognize that Jesus paid the price for us to enjoy our life!
When I find I’m fatigued, easily offended, and distracted from the course I’m on; I immediately recognize my spiritual core is becoming weak. 1 Chronicle 16:11 says, “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.” Ephesians 6:10 tells us, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.”
It may require discipline to work out our physical and spiritual core consistently, but the weight of our reward is greater than the burden we support!
If we want to be vital, powerful witnesses, we must spend time developing our spiritual core to live the optimum life Jesus died to give us!
Diana Scothorn published author of “Daily Dose with Diana“, has a heart for helping women succeed, with a focus on a strong, spiritual, mental, and physical core. Diana’s background in the health and fitness world began with one of the most iconic names in fitness, Richard Simons. Overseeing ladies’ health clubs for 10-plus years allowed Diana to step into a passion for marketplace ministry even before ministering the gospel in business was widely accepted.
She’s been married to her prince charming, Stewart, going on 12 years, and they enjoy spending time with their 4 kids and 8 grandchildren. Both are ordained ministers of the Gospel, serve on the board of several well-known ministries, and are also co-owners of, The Benefit Link, Inc., a marketplace ministry business, which has been number one in the field for over 25 years and is licensed in all 50 States, serving senior citizens in need of compassion, prayer, and guidance when facing the challenges of the Medicare maze.
Diana’s been featured in Society Magazine’s Successful Business Women of the Year for 2018, 2019, and 2020. As an international speaker, Diana has traveled abroad for over 10 years, along with her husband, to help support missions throughout Europe and South America, focusing on funding the Kingdom and advancing the gospel.