I’ve found that people in the physical therapy field are fond of saying, “Strength is not enough– balance is also important.” Sometimes football players are incredibly strong but their balance is terrible. They need both of those to do their jobs– and all the parts need to be working together. Sometimes we focus on strength and getting stronger, but balance is really critical. Can I stand on one foot? Can I shift directions quickly?
Another important piece of recovery is having a full range of motion. Motion, in this case, means being able to do the kinds of things you’re supposed to be able to do. Can my hip turn the full number of degrees it’s supposed to? Can I bend over all the way? How far can I reach to the side?
As I’ve been continuing my rehabilitation from quad surgery, I’ve found that it’s not one thing that makes a difference but a whole combination of things: strength, balance, and a full range of motion. In the same way, our development of people needs to be holistic. It’s not just one thing, but how all of the areas work together: spiritual, physical, intellectual, social relational.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)