Behind every solid business is a solid mission statement that clearly articulates what you’re about and why you’re about it. For me and my fitness ministry, my mission statement was comparable to the weather. Changing every single day with no clear explanation as to why that was. To all my curators and creators out there, I’m sure you can relate to the hundreds (okay, maybe dozens) of identity crises that you probably face every single day.
Who am I?
What do I stand for?
What do I represent?
Through much prayer and discernment, the Lord revealed to me that I am called to help women to live healthy and whole lives. Initially, my focus was on equipping women to live healthy and happy lives, but I was quickly reminded that God has not called us to happiness. He has called us to be complete and lacking nothing. He has called us to be whole.
The biggest questions, when it comes to your health, is what does wholeness even look like and how can I achieve it? I’m sharing my beginner’s guide to living a more holistic lifestyle because the day that this all started to come together for me was the day I realized that my spiritual being wasn’t isolated from my physical being. I came to understand that there was an intimate connection between my spirit, mind, and body. Instead of compartmentalizing God – I gave Him all of me, including my food choices and the way I treated my body. I’m in love with the words of Elisabeth Elliott:
We cannot give our hearts to Christ and keep our bodies for ourselves.
Living a holistic life is living a life that comprehends the interconnection between the external and the internal. It’s dying to flesh daily in every single area of our life: physically, mentally, and spiritually. Today I’m sharing the “how” behind this lifestyle because ultimately it leads to inexplicable joy.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Romans 12:1
Out of devotion and recognition to the Lord’s unrelenting love and mercy in my life, I choose to honor Him with my body. As a follower, our ultimate goal should always be to demonstrate the Lord’s holiness. It requires separating ourselves from the patterns and practices of the world around us and dedicating ourselves to true and proper worship. My worship is not limited to the four walls of the church. For me, it’s committing to being stronger and healthier than I was yesterday, not for physical gain but for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. My workouts are my worship. Choosing to honor God with my food choices and walking in obedience to the healthy lifestyle that He has called us all to is my worship.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
I sometimes know it feels like our thoughts are running wild. My thoughts can make me feel like I am at war with myself, but I know that the Holy Spirit frees me from uncontrollable thoughts. We are called to guard ourselves against evil, our thoughts included. God cares so deeply about what we choose to focus our thoughts on because our thoughts influence our words and our actions. There is a consequence to opening our minds up to ungodly thoughts because it distances us from the presence of God. When we are intentional to think about whatever is true and admirable, it leads to healthy thought patterns that improve our spiritual fitness.
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Above all else, healing and wholeness begin at the feet of Jesus. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. Abiding in Jesus is the foundation for living a whole life. I love that some versions of this scripture say to “remain in Him.” After we initially give our hearts to Christ, we receive the gift of eternal life which revolves around a personal and intimate relationship with Him; choosing to walk every step of this journey with Him. Through an active prayer life, reading and studying His word, and choosing to obey Him we tap into the strength and power of Jesus Christ to keep us on this path.
I don’t know about you, but I am so glad that when I am weak and unwilling, He is strong and able.