God changes us.
This week I started reading a new book by Reggie McNeal and I have been preparing for the sermon this weekend on the Gerasene demoniac. As I have spent time reflect on these two things, I have kept coming back to the same thought.
God changes us.
God wants us to be happy, healthy, and use the gifts he has given us. In order for all this to happen, God changes us. He takes those things that we hold onto, those things that hold us back sometimes, and helps us to see them as obstacles, sometimes even removing them from our way, or giving us the strength to get past them.
He changes us - and he does so because he wants us to function at our peak performace. For when we get healthier, our relationships get healthier as well. Our relationships with family, friends, strangers, even God - they all get healthier and we see new ways that the Body can function and grow.
This summer we are going to be offering a four week course on "The Body - A Wholistic Approach to Life" (this is just a working title right now). The four weeks are going to focus on four different aspects of our life. One week will be nutrition, one will be spiritual health, one will be vocational health, and one will wrap everything together.
I love the idea behind this (and, I must confess, it is not my idea, but rather a couple of dear saints who asked about a nutrition class earier this month). I love the idea because it takes seriously the thought that our whole lives need to be examined for us to be healthy. Physically, mentally, and spiritually, we need to be in balance in order to grow and live out our callings.
So today, my prayer revolve around the Body - both ours and God's (the Church). May we all be open to the changes that God sends our way, and may we have the courage to grow and become healthier, each and every day.