I thrive when I am taking care to be healthy and whole.

This week's devotional is from Pastor Jeff Mazzariello.

ENCOUNTER:  Read Mark 12:30,31 and 1 Thessalonians 5:23,24

"May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master." - 1 Thes. 5:23

Notice how this verse makes the assumption that our spirit, our soul, and our body can be UN-whole.  Fragmented.  Broken.   Less than we were designed to be if we are going to thrive. 

This is no way to live.  Especially because we have an epic destiny to live out on earth.  We are called to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbor.  We won't be able to do that unless we "love" or care for ourselves.  So we pursue health.

BE REFLECTIVE:

Taking a health inventory, according to 1 Thes. 5:23, will require us to be honest about how healthy we are Spiritually, Emotionally, and Physically.  And there are some simple Biblical insights about how to gain health in each area.

Our spiritual health comes from practicing the presence of God.  (Ps. 46:10) Is there a step you can take to live into the practice that God is with you right here, right now, right in the midst of all you are facing?

Our emotional health comes from living in his truth. (John 8:30-32) How could you input the truth of God's Word into your understanding of who you are and what you face today?

Our physical health is motivated by our call to live for him. (1 Cor. 6:19)  Are you caring for your body in a way that you are at your very best in being able to love God and love others?

BE A BLESSING:

To whom are you giving yourself these days?  I ask this question because our health tends to take a back seat until we realize that something important, epic, noble, is required of us.  Who can you love and serve today as a reminder that you are needed?  That your spiritual, emotional, and physical health is required of you!  Look around and make a list of who might need you to be at your healthiest so they can thrive, too.

BE TOGETHER:

Speaking of that, we hope that you are walking with others on this journey of self-care.  Again, the point of self-care is not to be some perfect specimen of humanity.  The purpose of your health is to be able to love God more, and serve him by loving people more.  We can help each other do this if we will be willing to give ourselves to spiritual friendships.  Can you take a step toward connection today?