Spiritual// Peace is knowing that “this too shall pass”. God has been faithful, He will be again! Peace and rest are weapons in our hands. They promote our confidence in God and protect us from worry and fear. If you ever lose your peace, go back and find it! Don’t leave home without it.
Physical// Is it important to take great care of our bodies? The scriptures say it all:
In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. (Ephesians 5:28-30)
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:39)
9 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; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:19)
The scriptures absolutely promote excellent stewardship of our bodies. Jesus paid a hefty price to buy our freedom, and we are encouraged to use that freedom to honor God with our bodies. Jesus said the 2nd greatest commandment is to ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Wait, we’re supposed to love ourselves?! Absolutely. You’re God’s very own creation. You’re brilliant! A masterpiece! Husbands are challenged to love their wives as their own bodies. I want to be a great husband someday, and this encourages me all the more to step up my game and start living a healthier lifestyle. ‘Just keep making better choices everyday‘, yah?
Relational// “Dysfunctional relationships are really only there to avoid conflict.” -Hank Fortener, Mosaic Church. “The cost of intimacy is always conflict.” -Ken Helser, A Place for the Heart. Forward progress for any dysfunctional relationships in your life will take some courage. The key to healthy relationships is not avoiding conflict but embracing it. Muster up the courage that’s been at rest and have some conversations.
Financial// John Wesley: “Earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can.” In other words – Work hard, live frugally, and give outrageously!
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