In Episode 9 I talked with Jen and Justin Collier on the topic of health and wellness. The Colliers work together as a part of Amplified Whole Health. Amplified Whole Health is a health and wellness company that focuses on coaching clients to build a culture of health and wellness by amplifying their lifestyles, physical fitness, attitude and nutrition. Jen holds a B.A. in Psychology, is a certified health and wellness coach and is wrapping up her personal training certification. Her husband Justin focuses on organizational health, how it affects employees, customers and its overall impact on a business.
We discuss what health and wellness is and how to approach it from a Biblical perspective. We also talk about the dangers of too great or too small of a focus on health and wellness for Christians.
How would you define health and wellness? - Humanity was created to exist in a state of wholeness; Genesis 1:27 - "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."; Spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical - it takes the whole body and spirit to be healthy
How would an unbeliever’s definition be different? - Not focused on Christ
What about from a Christian perspective? - Visual of a house (Foundation of Christ, Walls are heart, mind, soul, and strength, Roof is loving yourself and loving others); It’s a decision every day to follow Christ
Is there a right or wrong way to approach health and wellness as a believer? - Not starting with the foundation (Ex: start with loving yourself or your neighbor); Defining wellness to narrowly - as only nutrition and exercise, or just soul care; Focusing on yourself
What are the consequences when a believer focuses too much or too little on health and wellness? - When you focus on it too much you have idolatry; American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes a day of moderate exercise; Finding balance; It’s hard to serve the Lord and be ready for action when you’re not well; If you’re not healthy you can’t always do what God has called you to do
Where do we see health and wellness in the Bible? - It’s not a rule book - it’s a reminder of balance - Christ is the only answer; Look at scripture as a whole; Be prepared for what God has asked you to do and trust in him to provide
Matthew 22:37 - "And he said to him,'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'"
Proverbs 31:17 - "She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.";
1 Timothy 4:7-8 - "Have nothing to do with irreverent,silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." (specifically referencing sexual sin)
1 Peter 1:13 - "Therefore,preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
2 Timothy 1:7 - "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."
Philippians 4:8 - "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
Ecclesiastes 3:1 - "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven"
Jeremiah 17:9 - "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?"
John 9:1-3 - "As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him."
What about the health and wealth gospel? - Ecclesiastes - you can have everything under the sun and it will never be enough; We want to life to be works based; We do have a responsibility to take ownership for the things that we can and then to glorify him in the things that we can’t
How does our health and wellness affect the body of believers? - We’re the hands and feet of the Lord - responding to the needs around us; Practice (being in Scripture, prayer, etc) is important to serve others; The Bible uses the image of the physical body - that’s how work gets done
How do we keep unity with people who have a different opinion? - Keep it a dialog - Scripture doesn’t have specific instructions; We don’t have to agree, but I can love them; Allow our lives to be an example;Part of keeping unity in the body is not always having to share your opinion; If someone knows Jesus, the Holy Spirit is active in their life - trust that He’s working in them
How does health and wellness relate to the gospel? - Use it as an evangelistic tool - can’t be satisfied by just addressing their health on their own - there’s no wholeness without Christ; Meeting tangible and spiritual needs in others; Our deteriorating bodies are a reminder of the fall and that we are not whole without Christ
Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst
Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
What the Bible Says About Healthy Living - Dr. Rex Russell
Nonviolent Communication - Marshall Rosenberg
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