Guest Post 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 survive and even thrive 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, emphasis mine). “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, emphasis mine).
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 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.
You are at your best when your soul aligns with the rhythm of your Creator! When your system begins to function within your Creator’s designed system, you experience health. A Healthy You describes 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, for your church, and even for businesses 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 how to reach A Healthy You, we use a tool called “The Bell Curve of Health.” Some of us are stuck in the past and this leaves us paralyzed. Some of us are consumed with dreams about the future and this leaves us floating and not grounded.
A Healthy You is dependent upon living 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 is not promised to us! What are the steps that you can take to experience A HEALTHY YOU?
A Healthy You
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. A Healthy You is for every person, church and organization.
You are at your best when your soul aligns with the rhythm of your Creator. When you begin to function within your Creator’s designed system, in that moment, you experience health and wholeness. A Healthy You is your journey into the beautiful future.
Dan is a visionary architect, author and thought leader. He is a highly engaging, passionate, biblically trustworthy, and culturally relevant communicator. He will motivate you to embrace God’s movement by coaching you to achieve your vision. Dan is the founding Pastor of Gateway Church and continues to serve as Pastor of Mobilization, served on the global PEACE team with Saddleback Church, is the Director of Discover for Assist Church Expansion and is the Executive Director of Breathe Partners. Dan is married to Gay, they have 4 amazing children and 9 grandchildren.
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