The WHOLENESS WHEEL (Interactive)
In our calling, we carry out our daily work joyfully serving in the capacity to which He has called us; discovering and using all of the gifts with which He has endowed us; and capably representing Him in the everyday experiences of our vocation. All this we do for the glory of God to help make this world a better place.
As we are blessed through income from our labors, we consider our behaviors and values related to our finances: Being good stewards in the way we save for retirement, spending within our means, and sharing with others in need. Financial wellbeing is marked by generosity and eagerness to be a blessing.
Because of sin, our bodies are not perfect. Yet we continue to honor our bodies as gifts from God by keeping them as healthy as possible within the boundaries of our imperfections. Therefore, we nourish them with healthy foods and drink, keep fit for service through regular exercise, and respect our bodies’ need for rest.
Being emotionally well means knowing our full array of human emotions, recognizing which ones are suitable for each circumstance, and then expressing them appropriately. Equally important is striving to respect and honor the feelings and emotions of others.Emotional wellbeing is not only a major health concern on its own, but mental health can affect other aspects of your wellbeing, including your physical and spiritual wellbeing.
God created us to be social beings as our relationship with Him “spills” over into our relationships with others. In our various communities, we take time to nurture our relationships with family, friends, and co-workers through interaction, play, and forgiveness. The quality of your social relationships likewise spills over into the rest of your life.Relationships with your spouse, kids, congregation, leadership, and colleages, as well as your most important relationship – to God – are essential to your overall wellbeing.
We engage our minds in a life-long journey of learning. In the same way we exercise our bodies for His service, we continually keep our minds stretched and active by staying curious, asking questions, seeking answers, exploring new responsibilities, and resting our mind at the end of the day to keep it fresh.Allowing yourself to engage in new and exciting mental activities can expand your horizons, as well as develop your gifts and share them with others to the Glory of God.
Encompassing all other aspects of our well-being is acknowledging that our pursuit of wellness is not possible without the righteousness that is ours by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. It is only through Christ’s redeeming sacrifice for us that we seek to nurture our relationship with Him through the study of His word, prayer, devotion, and worship. By grace He grants to us “righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:17)
The WHOLENESS WHEEL As sanctified children of God, we respond to what God, in Christ Jesus, has done for us through proper stewardship of all that we have been given. Among those blessings are the various components of our health as shown by the Wholeness Wheel. Our efforts to improve our personal wellness, then, are a part of our sanctified living – as in every aspect “We are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15) Until that time when we are with God face to face, we strive with His help and guidance to Be Well in all areas of the Wholeness Wheel so that we can best Serve Well those in our care.
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Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:3-4 (NIV)
What does such baptizing with water signify? Answer.It signifies that the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts, and, again, a new man daily come forth and arise; who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever. Where is this written?-- Answer.St. Paul says Romans, chapter 6: We are buried with Christ by Baptism into death, that, like as He was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Martin Luther, The Small Catechism
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