COREconnection: Multi-tasker or Scatter-brain?

Do you ever feel like you’ve multi-tasked your way into a
scattered-brain?  Sometimes I feel
like a picture of my day would look like a “Where’s Waldo?” scene.  “Where’s Jeanette?” …at the gym, the
preschool, the grocery store, the church, or am I just standing there wearing a
funny hat?!  Our society values
multi-tasking as a way to increase productivity.  Get more done in less time, kill two birds
with one stone.  Although we try to
accomplish more by multi-tasking, studies show that concentrating on a task,
which is focusing all attention with intense mental effort, leads to more
effective, precise and efficient performance of the task.

Pilates also believed that concentration and focus on each
movement during Pilates Practice would result in the muscles maximum effort
making the movement more precise, effective, and efficient.  In order to achieve pilates focus, we must
become aware of what muscles are needed for the movement, recruit those muscles
with proper alignment and breathing, and initiate the intended movement by
engaging the core and creating rhythm with the breath.

Pilates may have the right idea for
exercise, but what about our lives?  It’s
easy to figure out what muscles we need to use for exercise, but how do we
choose our focus for life?  Scripture
tells us that we cannot serve two masters; if we try, we will love the one and
hate the other.  How do we know what to
choose on a daily basis?  How do we avoid
multi-tasking our way into ineffectiveness? In the Bible, David tells his son
Solomon, “acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with whole-hearted
devotion and a willing mind”  he
continues by saying, “the Lord has chosen you to build a temple-be strong and
do the work.”  Just like Solomon we have
a temple to build for the Lord-our bodies.
This is our FOCUS-to build our bodies’ strength for the purpose of
serving the Lord.  And just like Solomon
we must  become aware and acknowledge God
as our father, we must then recruit what is needed, proper alignment,
whole-hearted devotion to Him, and willingly initiate our daily lives by
engaging our core in Christ, breathing in His Holy Spirit to guide our
movements.   And what is the benefit of
this focus, this whole-hearted devotion?
2 Chronicles 31:21 states, “In everything that he undertook in the
service of ‘God’s temple-he sought his God and worked whole-heartedly-And so he
prospered.”

In this world of multi-tasking, we
need to realize that working on our physical bodies is NOT  a separate task from building our spiritual
one, but together they create the temple for the Holy Spirit.  As we go through our days as a wife, mother,
grandmother, co-worker we need to always remember that we are God’s creation,
we have just one purpose, just one task-to be His.  In my life I have not always done this.  I wanted the multi-personality, multi-tasking
life.  I wanted to be the good wife but
not always submit to my husband, I wanted to have children but not always act
like a mother, I wanted to be the skinny one, but did not care about my
health.  I was here one minute and there
the next.  If the life picture had been
taken  then, it would have been a
“Where’s Waldo?”…One would have searched to find me in the picture, only to
find me standing there in a funny hat, doing nothing.  Now, I seek, daily (not that I am perfect in this mind you!), to focus on the one good
thing, to be aware of God as my father, align myself to His will of building
His temple, and His desire that His Holy Spirit, dwelling in me, will keep my
Core engaged so that no matter which one of the multiple tasks I have to attend
to each day, that I will be supported, stabilized and consistently His.

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