A HEALTHY YOU by Dan O’Deens
God’s design and desire for us is health. He created us and breathed His life into us so that we might fully live. How do we thrive and even survive in a broken and fallen world?
We hang on to the promises of God. Scripture says, “For I will restore ‘health’ to you and heal you of your wounds.” – Jeremiah 30:17 “I pray that you may enjoy good ‘health’ and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along with you.” – 3 John 1:2
Is your ‘soul’ healthy? Your soul represents your ‘whole’ self. Your soul includes:
- Your HEART (emotions). David wrote, ‘Create in me a clean HEART O God, and renew a loyal spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10.
- Your BODY (senses). Your body cannot be separated from your feelings. Your body is made up of ‘systems.’ We are healthy when all of our bodily systems work together as they were created. Paul wrote, ‘Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s BODY. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.’ – Romans 12:4-5
- Your MIND (thoughts). Your mind refers to your intellect, reason and thoughts. Solomon in all of his wisdom, wrote, ‘For as a man thinks in his heart so is he.’ Proverbs 23:7. Jesus includes the MIND when He says, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and MIND.’ Matthew 22:37
- Your SPIRIT (Imago Dei). The mystery of God is powerful and adventurous. It creates hope as we depend upon the Spirit of God to provide health to our whole being. Paul tells us that ‘God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ.’ Ephesians 1:9. According to Colossians 1:27 we see that the mystery is actually “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
John 16:13 encourages us by confirming that ‘When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.” Your health matters to God.
I am at my best when my soul aligns with the rhythm of my Creator! It is in those moments when my systembegins to function within my Creator’s designed system, that I experience health. A Healthy You embraces techniques to order your life to be memorable and meaningful.
A Healthy You will help you discover and lay a solid foundation for effective and efficient systems, strategies and structures to successfully guide you as you pursue health and wholeness.
Purpose and intentionality will take us from where we are to where we want to be. That will require embracing healthy systems and implementing effective strategies. This is true for you as a person, as a church and even for our business and organizations.
Health and Hope are possible. Breathing Life Today, Brings A Beautiful Future Tomorrow. The paradox is that the ‘Beautiful Future’ is realized when we live our lives in fullness and in health in the present….Today!
As we consider A Healthy You, we focus on ‘The Bell Curve of Health.’ Some of us live too far left. We are stuck in the past and this leaves us paralyzed. Some of us live too far right. We are consumed with ‘dreams’ about the future and this leaves us floating and not grounded.
A Healthy You is dependent upon you living your life in the ‘center.’ Those who live in the center are fully present in the ‘now.’ They are in fact breathing in the very breath of God. As God breathes into them, they can breathe that same breath into the lives of their family and friends.
NOW IS THE TIME – TODAY IS THE DAY. Tomorrow never comes! What are the steps that you can take to experience A HEALTHY YOU?
Dan is the author of A HEALTHY YOU. This is a must read for every person, church or business leader. We all have a need to pursue Health and Wholeness. Pick up your copy of this brand new book published by Missional Challenge, releasing April 20, 2023!
Here is toward… A HEALTHY YOU!