Your Wellness Matters!
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." - Proverbs 4:23
In the month of October, to mark World Mental Health Day 2020, a series of Wellness related topics were introduced over the weeks:
"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Indeed, a deeper understanding of oneself and the world around us, including greater empathy for others in the light of Scripture, are fundamental to our capacity to cope with the challenges and unpredictable twists and turns of life. Much could be said of our willingness to get off the treadmill and slow down, to relax and ponder; to allow a Word-infused imagination to grapple with the demands and trials around us.
"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." Isaiah 26:3
Mental wellness is a neurological issue that is intrinsically linked to our emotional wellbeing and we need to pursue habits, such as reading, exercising, and nurturing relationships, that allow both to be managed more effectively.
"Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time." Colossians 4:5
The digital space is throwing up new challenges to managing our time and calling. It is also raising concerns over the potentially addictive qualities of mobile technology and the manipulation of public information and discourse on social media. Increasing levels of youth depression and suicide since the technology was introduced are also raising alarm amongst medical, social and government policy makers. This should also be of utmost concern to the Church.
"Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." John 7:38
In pursuing spiritual wellness we need to be mindful of the stewardship of our bodies in light of God's mercy and grace. Not only are we created in the image of God but because of Jesus' obedience to death on the cross, His resurrection and ascension, the Christian is a 'temple of the Holy Spirit' (1 Corinthians 6:19). Suffering and even death in this life for Christians are not eternal judgments. Both may be the discipline of a loving Father for the good of the children whose sin He has forgiven (1 Corinthians 11:27-32). However, exposed as we are to the inherent problems of a fallen world we need to be responsible and well informed about the things that threaten wellness and our ability to honour and glorify God. The end of wellness that starts with me is the glory of God.
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