A few weeks ago, something in my lower back switched... in fact it was almost like someone flipped it. One moment I was fine, playing volleyball and before I knew it bending down or standing up became excruciatingly painful. I got through the rest of the game with minimal effort, being of zero use to the rest of my team, but there was only six of us so I had to finish it off. I figured the pain would just go away by itself in a few days so I didn't pay much attention to it. Two weeks later the pain was still there and I was moving slower than ever before. So, I caved and went to a chiropractor.
After tests and x-rays, it was determined that my sacrum, hips and lower vertebrae had twisted up and to the right. As a result, there is pressure on my sciatic nerve and my right leg became shorter than my left. My diagnosis became clear and my remedy? No activity... and seeing a chiropractor twice a week. So my whole life took a turn a 180 degree turn because of my back.
If I had only hurt my arm or my leg, broke a wrist or twisted an ankle. I mean don't get me wrong, those injuries would suck but at least I would be able to bend down, I could stand up from a sitting in a chair without taking 5 seconds to do so. At least I could work out the other half of my body, if I injured a leg I could work out my arms, etc. At least I would be able to walk around and not be afraid that my leg would give out. But no, I injured my core. The center that holds the rest of my body together. Your core affects every other part of your body and if it's not functioning properly nothing else functions properly.
This is like the house that makes up your life, your zone if you will. There are four main pillars that hold up your house; Family, Friends, Finances and Fork... the last one is really work but I wanted another word that starts with F. These are like your arms and legs, if one of them begins to crumble then the others are still standing. I mean life gets a little harder but you still have three pillars to hold up the roof. This of course all depends on your foundation... Your Faith. You see, regardless of how stable you think your pillars are if your foundation has cracks, as soon as one pillar goes down the other three pillars will start to crack, and piece by piece, crumble. So how do we avoid the catastrophe of our crumbling houses?
The Bible is very clear when it comes to building a firm foundation for your life. One passage that I'm sure you have all heard before is Jesus telling the story of a wise man, a foolish man, their houses and where they put them. This story is told in two books of the Bible, Matthew and Luke.
So exactly do we build a firm spiritual foundation? Heck, how do you mend a spiritual foundation when you already have pillars sitting on top of it? Or how do you even know that you HAVE a foundation laid?
1. Read your Bible, Pray everyday
But God's truth stands firm like a foundation stone...
What was the cause of my crumbling foundation? Lots of exercise + no stretching = compressed spine twisted into the volleyball spiking position. Now I will have to spend the time to heal and abstain from the things I love, like exercise and sports. But when the time comes where I can do all of these things again, I know I will be more mindful in taking care of my body, ensuring that my core is the strongest that it can be before I try and strengthen my other muscles.
Four and a Half F's