A number of comments from readers have come in regarding weight loss, fitness, health, and blog posts that revealed a tremendous misconception about Health and Wellness because they don't understand the Christian difference. There are also other Totally Fit 4 Life health and wellness centers that are not Christian. They appear to be based in the southern states of the US. If you have been a regular to this website, you have probably noticed a distinct difference in my approach to health and wellness. I think it's important to offer this explanation.
Most people think of appearance or reversing dangerous health conditions. This only addresses the physical. It's important to be healthy and physically fit. As the Apostle Paul said, "For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." I Timothy 4:8 NIV Some people consider the emotional aspect of self-image from the viewpoint of feeling good about one's self or avoiding the devastating affects of poor mental health. But very few people bring the social or spiritual into the equation, unless they are into New Age spirituality. This view is extremely murky because they have distorted the Truth and exchanged it for a pluralistic lie.You can read about this difference in Health and Wellness: The Christian Difference.
The interconnection of all four areas requires balance. Each aspect affects the other. It's important to identify the area of your life which has caused the others to no longer be well (Matthew 6:21-23).
Spiritual- What we believe about God, life, death, and the life after this one affects the decisions we make and the relationships we build. If this part of your life isn't healthy, relationships are damaged, we don't take care of our bodies, and we become depressed, often times angry. Essentially, life does not go well at all. This is the most important part of our lives because it is the foundation upon which we base the other areas of our lives (Proverbs 10; Matthew 7:24-26).
Mental- What we think or feel determines how we view God, ourselves, and others. This aspect is under the surface constantly at work. If our thoughts and attitudes are not healthy, it will result in poor decisions, damaged relationships, and a disconnect from God (Genesis 4; Romans 12:2).
Physical- Our bodies are the vehicle through which we live life here on Earth. It is the temple of the Holy Spirit for Christian believers, the tool through which God works using us to be a blessing to others (I Corinthians 6:19-20). If our body is not well, we become depressed, isolate ourselves from others, and blame God for what is often a result of our own choices.
Social- God created us to depend on each other. That is why there are so many social systems: family, towns and cities, government, churches, and more. When our social relationships are not healthy, we project our feelings about others onto God, become angry and resentful, and ultimately we become spiritually, emotionally., and physically ill (Psalm 1) (Ryan, 2008).
True Christian Wellness begins by having a relationship with God. We must accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. We transform our thinking by renewing our minds with God's Word.We change our social connections to reduce the influence of unhealthy relationships. on our thinking. Ultimately we see purpose for our lives and value to who we are. These all help us live out a totally fit life! It is no longer about us but about our Lord and others.
This is why we've adopted this passage as our theme verse: "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10 NKJV.
Are you totally fit for your life? If not, what do you need to change? Email me or comment below. If you want to keep your comment private, let me know. I will keep it confidential. Let's get a discussion going!
May God bless you!
"Seeing God in New Ways: Recovery from Distorted Images of God" By Juanita Ryan. National Association for Christian Recovery. June 20, 2008.