There are many elements that work together to create a balanced life. Over the next few days, we’ll take a look at a few of these elements including living well, emotional and mental health, spiritual health, and physical health.
After experiencing these four installments, you may wish to dig deeper into the subject. We encourage you to visit www.womenoftheelca.org and download this free resource in its entirety.
Let’s begin with a look at what it means to live well. Living well is about a balanced life in Christ. God is at work in and through all our interrelated dimensions—intellectual, emotional, social/interpersonal, vocational, physical, and spiritual—and is central to our groundedness and balance.
How we care for ourselves impacts our outlook on life. It affects our flexibility—physically, emotionally, and spiritually. When we are struggling physically, we often have less energy and less emotional tolerance. When we are emotionally out of balance, we may not feel motivated to care for our bodies. When we are distracted by physical or emotional dis-ease, our ability to communicate with God may also be disrupted. Indeed, we are multi-dimensional people.
Tomorrow: Caring for our bodies
Today we remember Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf, renewer of the church, hymnwriter, (died 1760). This message was adapted from the “Our Journey to Wellness” resource written in part by Tammy Devine and is available from the Women of the ELCA.