Become a healthier you

Posted Jun 05, 2017 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

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By Joyce Thomas

Now that spring has faded and summer is here, the weather is starting to be more pleasurable for working out, especially since more outdoor activities can be included. This time of year provides a great opportunity to begin developing plans or setting goals for revitalizing your health. I write simply to encourage you, the clergy spouse, to begin shifting into gear for a summer of extra activities that might lead to a healthier, more whole, and balanced life.

I have mentioned several times in other blogs the importance of bodily health for spouses who feel the stress from attending to others. These clergy spouses spend so such time with others that they neglect to carve out of their schedules a time to give themselves the same kind of attention. However, this summer can begin the year of correction for improving health by taking the time to give attention to yourself. The Bible tells us that being healthy is good for our body. 3 John 1:2 says, “Dear friend, I pray that you enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (NIV). John’s prayer shows that he was concerned with the whole health of Gaius. He knew a healthy body and soul would lead to better service for the Lord. Christians who are successful in their careers and in the maintenance of their bodies and spiritual lives can do greater work for God. However, when you fail to take care of yourself, you become vulnerable to running the health of your body into destruction. Therefore, I want to reiterate this point about staying healthy as the spouse of the pastor for your own preservation and the strengthening of your life to serve others for God.

My prayer is that, as you begin your health plan, you will do some of the things mentioned in this blog. You can start by exercising two or three times a week by walking, hiking, jogging, biking, and swimming. Really, you can start by doing anything that gets you moving. In the summer, eating lite foods such as colorful fruits and vegetables with a little protein will keep you cool, calm, and healthier. I also think every clergy spouse should take the time to rest and relax in a comfortable and peaceful environment. As you spend time resting and relaxing, you will gain more clarity for the challenges you will face in making your life healthier.

However, the most important and the best way to start your plans for a healthier you, is to take the time to cultivate a deeper relationship with God, who will give you the emotional and physical strength to achieve everything you set out to do for your health. Making time to meditate, pray, read your Bible, and sit in the presence of God is always a healthy place to start on your journey.

Whatever plans or goals you set for this summer in order to develop a health body, know that they all are worthwhile and will be very beneficial for you. Don’t allow anything to block you from being a healthier, happier, stronger, and vibrant vessel for God. I encourage you to move forward and execute your plans. I also encourage you to find an accountability partner or an accountability group. Many people have found it very difficult to work out on their own and having someone to help you stay accountable will help you to succeed. Taking charge of your health will influence those you care for to become motivated and take charge of their health as well.

So here’s to a great summer of activities, events, and healthy eating that could shape your health for years to come. I encourage you with 3 John 1:2; again, “Dear friend, I pray that you enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (NIV).

Have a great summer!!!

Dr. Joyce Scott Thomas is the Associate Director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration.

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