"Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.”
3 John 2
Our virtual walk has concluded at Jerusalem. As we get ready to continue the actual journey toward better health, it’s not so much about having the right stuff, but letting go of the stuff Jesus says we do not need. Health means wellness in body and spirit together. God created us as body and spirit beings. The writer of 3 John reminds us that health in both dimensions is equally important. If we want real health, we have to start with the understanding that God cares about our bodies. This may be a new starting point, but it is the right starting point. We honor God when we care for our bodies and spirit together.
“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.
Walking with Jesus by our side, we travel with strength and wisdom to leave behind the things that keep us from the purpose and joy God has planned for us.
Congratulations, to all who are traveling your way to improved physical, mental, and spiritual health, you are over half way to your geographical destination of Jerusalem. We are now embarking on the season of Lent, a period of 40 days were we are invited to give something up or add something to our lives to help
us focus our relationship with Christ. In scripture, the number 40 tends to mean something like “a really long time.” As we begin our Lenten journey and the last 2000 miles we might feel that the 40 days we face are in fact a really long time. Yet the number 40 has both spiritual and physical significance. In the Bible, it may mean a long time, but when it comes to wellness, it can mean just enough time. Wellness educators say, it usually takes about 40 days to commit to a new habit, or to stop an old one. Sometimes we can change our behaviors overnight, but most of the time it takes practice, patience, and the willingness to commit, each and every day. Don’t get distracted, there is still important work to do! Let God’s words of love, grace and boundaries help keep us focused on our healthy habits and growing closer to Christ.