Formation Fridays: Whole Humans
It’s February and we are well on our way into the new year. This is about the time when my resolves to being healthier begin to fall back into the old groove. I have done juice fasts, Whole 30s, and Daniel plans only to find myself back down an old familiar road crashing off the wagon, thinking “Well, that didn’t work! Now what?!”
I have come to believe part of my problem is that I have seen myself as a divided human: body vs. mind, flesh vs. spirit, will vs. behavior. I tend toward compartmentalizing my life. I tell myself, if I just did or didn’t do A,B, or C, then D, E, and F would be different. I would look thinner, have more energy, be smarter, be better at relationships, etc. The list is endless. However, I forget to address my motivations, look holistically at my whole being, or want to be disciplined (yes, I am often stubborn and rebellious).
So, I am on a journey. One that sees and loves myself as whole human, as God sees me. All parts synergistically working together as one. All spirit, emotional/mental, and physical. A tri-part being. The Creator made all of me for carrying out God’s mission on this earth. That means all of me needs healing. To work toward a healthier way of living, means I see my whole self through the eyes of my Creator, my Sustainer, and Life-giver. Not just in January, but… Every. Single. Day.
The Shema, an ancient Israelite prayer, was part of a daily prayer practice, spoken morning and night. Each day was bookended with the declaration, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” (Deut 6:4-5) This prayer brings all me of to all of God every day.
God does not want us to be bystanders in our healing and wholeness. God desires us to be participants. Yes, God does work miracles. Even the miracle of working through our stubborn selves and being in relationship with each other in our communities to keep us on the path of wellness, wholeness, and healing.
Wholly in Christ,