For years, I've had a weak back, weak legs, and lately, flabby arms. I've been spending some time at the USP gym, lately, intending to focus on these areas. Malcolm, the trainer, explained that I need to strengthen my abs and stomach...my "core". A foundation, a core of strength, brings balance. With balance, comes increased strength and endurance. Everything I do is easier - and more effective - with a strong core. A weak core makes me susceptible to injury.
It's easy to know if I am physically out of condition. Those extra kilos are visible to all. The spiritual condition, though, can be covered with Christian body spray. Things I put on, to cover up the real smell. False smiles, busy activity, anything but attention to the whiff of decay.
Lord! I give You permission to strengthen my core. Let the fragrance of my heart be sweet.
1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." NIV