The phrase “mind, body, and soul” refers to the connection and relationship between these three aspects of ourselves.
The mind, body, and soul concept are ways of understanding ourselves as a whole person.
They are interconnected. The mental, physical, and spiritual components interact with each other.
Mind. The mind is our thinking and is responsible for our beliefs, thoughts, and actions.
Body. The body is the physical aspect of ourselves that carries us through life and allows us to experience the world through our five senses.
Soul. The soul or spirit is that intangible part of us that gives our life meaning and purpose.
Prioritizing our health is important to God. Even though our earthly bodies are temporary, we’re still responsible to take care of them.
"… for God bought you with a high price.
So, you must honor God with your body."
1 Corinthians 6:20 (NLT)
Honoring God with our body certainly includes our physical health, but we’re missing the point if we neglect our spiritual, mental, and emotional health. In fact, the Apostle Paul tells us that training for godliness or spiritual health is even more important than physical training:
"Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come."
1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT)
When my dad was alive, he loved to talk with us kids about a lot of topics; but one that stands out to me is the phrase he would say, we are spiritual beings here to live out our human existence.
We are not human beings living out a spiritual existence. We are spiritual beings living out a human existence. I don’t know about you, but the difference in those two sentences changes my outlook on how I should live a healthy life.
What is spirituality? It is our connection to God and the way we find meaning, hope, comfort, and inner peace in our life.
That sounds pretty healthy to me!
It's about living a life focused on the fact that we are first and foremost spiritual and that we are made in His image. Wow! If we are created like Christ, we have the ability to live more like Christ. Christ choose to love, and we can choose to love as well.
As my dear friend Jill Miller puts it: Love God. Love Others. Love...that’s it!
Whether our life is going well or we are struggling, we can make a healthy choice by simply remembering who we are, a spirit born in the image of Christ.
Imagine if we all went about our lives remembering the core of who we are, a spirit born in the image of Christ, sent here to fulfill a purpose before going back home.
I believe our health would be better if we focused equally on our mind, body, and soul, understanding that it really all boils down to what Christ was all about … LOVE.
If we put love in our mind and love our body, our soul will rejoice with love!
How can you focus on choosing health, by choosing love.
With love and joy,