Greater Core

Written by Richard Tee (Philippines, Manila)

Richard is serving in FCA Philippines as Director for the National Capital Region. He is passionate about coaching volleyball. It gives him joy when he sees the transformation of the athletes not only in sports, but also in their character.

October 29, 2023

“’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.  ‘The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Matthew 12:20-31                                                                                                                        

Importance of Core Exercises 

Working on the athletes’ core is essential so that they can perform the skills better.
When the core is strengthened, there will be more balance and stability in the form and motion of the body.
It will result in better execution, more power, and injury prevention.

It takes a lot of time and effort to build the core.
Discipline, perseverance, patience, commitment, and accountability are some characteristics needed by the individual to develop it.
“Why am I doing this, and who am I doing it for?” are some of the questions that need to be answered to make one stay on the course. 
For some, it is to win games or championships. 
For others, it is to reach their best potential.
The more compelling the purpose, the higher the commitment.

Just like the core muscles of our body, we must also develop the core values of our lives.
These values prepare us to face the different challenges in life.
I chose a set of core values that I wanted my family to work on and then later adopted it to the sports team that I coached.  

These different values are the basis of how we conduct ourselves in all aspects of our lives.
Whether on and off the sports environments, at home, school, or at work, these have to be exercised.


These are the 4 core values that we have set:


The first core value is that we need to give honour.
This means our actions must honour God, the organization that we represent, and the people that we work/play/live with. We grew up desiring to receive honour.
When we do not get it, we feel that we fall short of the identity that we want to achieve.
A greater purpose is to give it and desire that as our identity.


The second is humility, which means putting others first. It will be hard to honour others without humility.
I remembered one coaching incident. It was our first game of the season, and everyone was excited.
After the warm-up and when the game was about to start, one of the players said to me, “Coach, we do not have water anymore.”
I was annoyed and replied, “Do you expect me to be the one to refill the water?”
As the game was going on, I felt guilty that I did not show humility and did the reverse.
Remembering our core values, I need to apologize and tell them that it was a violation of our core values. 
I did not show humility, and as a result, I did not honour God and the player.
That helped build the team and me.


The third value is honesty to God, others, and self.
This will build trust and respect for one another, which will prevent “injured” relationships.  


Good relationships build stronger teams because it will lead to the fourth value, hard work.
When all the core values are present and developed, our thoughts and actions will have a positive impact on our lives and the lives of others.


  1.  What are the core values that you wanted to develop and strengthen?
  2. What greater purpose will you pursue to motivate you in strengthening your core values?

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