Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health … (3 John 2)
Man reflects the triune nature of God as he exists here on earth with a spirit, a soul and a body. Whatever affects any of these three parts has a direct or indirect impact on his well-being because they are divinely connected. God in His sufficiency and providence has provided all that is required for His children to enjoy a good quality of life because He delights in the prosperity (well-being) of His servants (Ps. 35:27). However, the onus is on you to access and utilise all that God has provided for your upkeep.
Godly thoughts and Spirit-led actions will produce good results, what you think of yourself and how you see yourself can impact on your well-being because as a man thinks in his heart so he is (Pro. 23:7a). When embarking on rejuvenation programs that will improve your well-being, it is important to work from the inside to the outside and not overlook the factors and areas outlined below:
• Identity and purpose – know who you are and why you are here (1 Pet. 2:9).
• Submission to God – when you submit yourself totally to God, your affection will be set on things above, your spirit man will grow and you will be kept blameless (Jam. 4:7).
• Thanksgiving – be grateful for what you have and where you are (1 Thess. 5:18).
• Prayers – turn over your challenges, fears and burdens to the Lord in the place of prayers (Ps. 55:22; 1 Thess. 5:17).
• Relationship – develop a good family life, associate with people who will help you reach your goal, avoid the company of evil doers and those that can draw you back with their words and actions (Eccl. 4:9; Pro. 27:17; 2 Cor. 6:17).
• Productivity – find work that is rewarding and enjoyable, engage in humanitarian services that will enhance the well-being of others (2 Thess. 3:10-12; Gal. 6:7).
• Goal setting – set realistic and achievable goals and work towards attaining them (Lk. 14:28-30).
• Your words – let the fruit of your lips align with what God says concerning you (Pro. 18:21).
• Nutrition – eat wholesome foods in appropriate proportions.
• Bodily exercise – engage in physical activities that will keep you fit (1 Tim. 4:8).
• Healthcare – obtain regular update on your medical state from qualified medical practitioners and prayerfully address areas of concern.
• Rest – get sufficient sleep and rest, once in a while retreat and revive (Gen. 2:2; Ps. 23:2; Mk.6:31).
Do not let the world erode your well-being but do all you can to enhance it. Ii is my prayer that the God of peace will sanctify you wholly; keep your whole spirit, soul and body blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thess. 5:23).