What do a tightrope walker, a ballerina, and a gymnast have in common? Exceptional balance.
They also have overall strength, but their exceptional balance comes from the core strength.
As a noun, balance means an even distribution of weight enabling someone to remain upright and steady. As a verb it means to keep something in a steady position so that it does not fall.
Last year I had a foot injury. For rehab I had to wear a walking boot for several weeks. When I began physical therapy, I was surprised at how weak my ankle was. I had to retrain the muscles for an even distribution on weight as well as learn to keep my ankle in a steady position so I would not fall. Small improvements in balance encouraged me from the exercises of standing on one foot and also doing so with eyes closed. It wasn’t just strength in my leg, but strength from the center of my body that stabilized me. Internal focus was crucial when standing on my weak foot with my eyes closed. It helped me find balance and stability.
If we keep our eyes on the activities of the world we can grow weak and off balance. When we increase our internal focus on what matters, we are stronger.
To develop true core strength, balance and stability in your soul, make it a priority to seek God.
Here are some Bible verses to guide you:
“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.” Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all you heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
How do we seek God? By quieting ourselves in His presence.
Step out of the whirlpool of life. Spend time with the Lord to develop core strength and become steady in your faith walk.