Our weekly men’s Bible study group has recently finished Chuck Swindoll’s book of the character of Elijah, and we have begun to study “Experiencing God” (revised edition) by Henry Blackaby, both books I would highly recommend to help you on your spiritual journey.
As we go through the “Experiencing God” book it has been a reminder to the men that the World Health Organization defines health as a four-faceted issue: physical, mental, social and spiritual components which together equal good health.
As the holiday season is now in full swing, we want to encourage you to remain healthy from a physical, mental (emotionally), social and spiritual point of view.
• Physical: Most Americans are like me and will put on a few pounds over the holidays. Indiana Regional Medical Center stands to help you stay on track with the Drop 10 in 10 program, personal nutrition coaching and our S&T Wellness Center. You can contact the Institute for Healthy Living for more information on these options.
• Emotional: The holidays are not the best time of the year for many Americans due to loss of a loved one, hectic pace, etc. Reach out to your physician or IRMC locations if you need help this season.
• Social: Perhaps some of us would be better served to limit (slow down) the social obligations over the holidays and focus on enjoying the real meaning of the season while others struggle with a sense of loneliness and isolation. Trying again to plug into a church, organization or friendship circle may be the important part of the holidays.
“So just like we take time to focus on exercise, eating right, emotional and social health we must focus on spiritual health to maintain good health.
Blackaby writes that “God is far more interested in a love relationship with you and me than He is in what we are going to do for Him.
So focusing on your relationship with God is the most important thing you can do this holiday season.”
A heart at peace gives life to the body but envy rots the bones (Proverbs 14:30).
As we pursue that relationship with God, He will also call on us to do His will. In that regard, our family will be embarking on a mission trip to Uganda, Africa.
You may recall a column around a year ago called “Adopt a Village” where a group of people are trying to adopt a whole village in Uganda to feed, clothe, educate and provide medical treatment to all the children in the village. We pray that we will be the hands and feet of God as we minister to people in Uganda.
This Christmas season, take time to focus on that first Christmas and the peace, hope and joy it can provide. Take time out of the busy season to focus on God’s love for you and your response to that love and then consider serving Him in some way this holiday.
Finally, remember that first Christmas wasn’t commercialized and its meaning has eternal significance.
You are worth it.