The word “wellness” is getting tossed around a lot these days. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, “wellness” is defined as “the quality or state of being in good health, especially as an actively sought goal.” I would personally like to challenge this definition, rather, our perception of the term “health,” to include every facet of our life.
I believe the scope of wellness extends past what most think of as a “healthy as a horse” check-up from the doctor. It encompasses our body, soul, spirit, mind, home, and relationships. I feel that the term “holistic” is appropriate to use when assessing ourself and our personal wellness; wellness should embody our personal world as a whole.
Outside of joining our heavenly father someday, our life is a journey, not a destination. We do not “arrive” someday to the glorious beach of wellness to just live out the rest of our days soaking up the sun and landscape before us. No, sand gets into crevices of our body we would rather not have sand, then the sunburn, and the kids get bored. Oh, then a storm comes. Reality sets in. Life happens. We have new challenges to deal with.
But if we look at wellness as a constant journey, it is much easier to accept that we have daily choices to make that either bring us closer to the person God designed us to be, or take us farther from it. The answer is not a magic diet to achieve the weight we want. 165 lbs. or 135 lbs. you might look different, but what about what’s in your heart? Is it still the same at either weight? In what or whom do you place your faith? What about how you handle stress? Are you filled with angst and worry, or does joy reign? The questionnaire is long.
What is inside our body will eventually be reflected on the outside. How we feed ourselves physically, spiritually, and emotionally, will affect our overall state of health. Our belief about our worth, and where we feel the need to have our worth fed will have tremendous impact on what we choose to fill our lives with. We choose nourishing foods, thoughts and healthy relationships, or foods that lack value or are not appropriate for our individual needs, relationships that are damaging, too much stuff in our home, and harmful self-reflection.
I think the most important first step is to decide to see yourself through the Lord’s eyes. He loves us so unimaginably much, and is there to be what we need, so we can rest in his glorious provision of peace. My friend Annette put it so well yesterday- that you tell God what you need, and he is there saying “then that’s what I am.” We just need to clear the crap out of our life, so we can make room for him to fill us more than we can ever ask or imagine. He knows what we need, he is waiting for us to ask and make space for him to move into our every space and moment.
So today- maybe a good place to start is to take a moment to reflect on a physical habit, emotion, thought,or pattern in your life that isn’t healthy. Look at yourself in the midst of that situation through God’s eyes, and try to imagine what He would you rather do with that behavior. Better yet, ask him. Feel how he loves you and wants you to treat yourself the way he desires you to. Ask him to remind you each time you slip into that damaging behavior, and replace it with something that draws you nearer to what he has in store for you.
And please, make room for joy. Laugh. At the very least find something to smile about. Often.
And lastly, I think God wants us to realize that it is so very simple. With.Him. But that is for another day….
I write this with the note I am in the midst of my journey towards wellness. I hope you come along with me- towards more that we can ask or imagine!