by Diana Scothorn
I have learned I cannot “Become” all God called me to be if I choose to remain where I am. When I’m in a situation where I need a radical change in my life, my health, or my body, I know that it won’t happen without radical changes in my way of doing things, thinking, and in the attitude of my heart!
It’s the “Be” “Coming” that requires hard work on my part! To come means to arrive by movement, in the course of progress. To become means to change or grow or to be as specified.
I’ve discovered that my entire life journey requires me to progress daily, as I imitate Jesus! The more I think as He thinks, imitates His ways, with an expectant attitude, the more I’ll begin to see a change in myself and my life!
When I read the Bible, I see how we’re explicitly instructed to look like Jesus. We should appear different than the people who don’t know Jesus! We should be attractive to them. People who have no hope should be drawn toward people that have the light of Jesus! We’re to be set apart, with a standard of excellence!
I think women, in particular, struggle with their outward appearance. Having a passion for fashion since I was ten years old, I have always wanted to look put together on the outside. I felt value and validated if I looked good on the outside! I remember being in elementary school not wanting to leave my house if I did not think every hair was in the proper place, or my clothes did not look just right in my eyes. My validation came from my appearance. Now, I can genuinely and honestly tell you today, the greatest compliment anyone could give me would be to say to me I have an attractive heart!
It has taken years for me to come to the place I realized the beauty in God’s eyes is only in the appearance of my heart! A heart filled with goodness on the inside reflects how we dress, act, and how others see us on the outside!
When I was single, men would always compliment my outward appearance, and it wasn’t until I met my husband where I finally had a man who acknowledged my heart! I had no idea how I had been craving a heart affirmation for years! We all need validation, but when the wrong things validate us, it causes us to move towards the wrongs things in our life.
Again, “becoming” is to change and grow to be like Jesus, as specified in the bible. I’ve learned when my heart is in the right place, my life follows in the right direction. A radical change in our lives that is visible outwardly will always precede a radical heart change inwardly! A good heart produces a good life! Where my heart is, my life will follow!!!
So here’s the key…when I need a change in my life in my outside circumstances, I first look at the condition of my heart on the inside! All change starts inwardly before it’s revealed outwardly.
Diana Scothorn 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 market place 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.