Over the last several months, I’ve been a new business, Wellness Connections. A service offering Christian-based health and wellness education & coaching. As a nurse and coach, I know 1st hand what praying often, eating well and moving more can have on overall health and wellbeing. Habits proven to reduce stress and prevent a myriad of other disease in our bodies.
Researching how best to empower others to create and maintain these habits, I’m drawn to 3 biblical truths. Truths, when understood and employed have the power to transform your thinking about your habits. You’ve probably heard them several times, but didn’t think they truly apply to you, especially in this day and age. I’m here to tell you, yes they do. They are just as relevant today–maybe even more so than they were 2000+ years ago.
- God is #1. The 1st and greatest commandment, said by God himself in Exodus and Jesus again in the Gospels. He actually commands (not suggests) us to first and foremost love him with all our heart, with all our being, with all our strength and with all our mind. (1) When we put him 1st in our lives, everything else seems to just fall into place. We have a sense of peace, purpose and stamina to guide us through whatever comes our way. So our top priority should be to strengthen our connection with him by praying often.
2. Jesus tells us the 2nd greatest commandment is like the 1st, to love our neighbor as ourself. (1) Yet, how many of us really love ourself? This also implies that we can only love and care for others as much as we love and care for ourselves. How many times have you lost your patience, not been productive or couldn’t do an activity because you didn’t sleep well or not had your own needs met? Right?
When you’re feeling on top of your game, you’re also able to give your best. You may think that’s all good and well, but I don’t have time, or who am I to deserve such things? Well, I’m here to tell you-you are worthy of the time it takes to take care of yourself and your health. You do have the right to pray often, eat well and move more because…
3. You are a temple of God’s Holy Spirit-made in his very image and likeness. He lives in you! You know as well as I do, if a home isn’t physically cared for or spiritually nurtured, it falls apart. Without the spiritual component, it becomes a shell that starts rotting, becoming infested with pests and eventually decays. The same thing can happen to our bodies when not intentionally taken care of.
The beautiful difference between homes and our bodies and souls is that it’s never too late (or too early) to start taking care of them. Over the first few weeks of Lent (yes, Lent starts this Wednesday!) we’ll explore these truths deeper and how they lend themselves to create healthy prayer, eating and movement habits that will allow you to have the active, productive life you desire.
Which truth do you relate to the most? Which one do you struggle with the most? Which one is the easiest to embrace?
Coming soon–Praying Often: Finding Peace by Strengthening Your Connection to God