It's a new year and around this time every year people re-examine their lives taking an inventory of how things have been and where they want their life to go. It's around this time each year we consider how to improve our physical health. We consider new workout routines or just starting a routine at all. We examine our finances to consider whether we are financially healthy or not. We take a look at our jobs asking ourselves if we want to stick with them or move on to something else. Pretty much any part of our lives is up for consideration. Our mental health, our emotional health, our relational health are all open to scrutiny. There is one "health," however, more important than any other and that is our spiritual health.
Our vital spiritual health is the foundation upon which all the others are built. Vital spiritual health gives us the right perspective regarding our bodies and guides us to what physical health should be about. Vital spiritual health gives us a healthy perspective on money reminding us that money is a good servant, but a bad master. Vital spiritual health provides emotional and mental stability and undergirds all of our relationships.
As you consider this past year and make plans for the coming year, I hope you'll remember that being financially, mentally, physically and relationally healthy begins with the strong foundation of your spiritual life. When your spiritual life is healthy and strong, all the other parts of your life will fall into place. When your spiritual life is in order, the direction of every other part of your life is clearer to discern. A life right with God undergirds every other component of your life and is the foundation to being healthy mentally, emotionally, financially, physically, relationally and any other aspect of life you can imagine.
So go ahead and start those new plans for the new year, but start by making sure your life with church - your spiritual life - is in order first. It is the foundation that will guide you to health in every other part of your life.
Blessings to you all, have a great start to the new year and enjoy the blog.
Bethlehem is best remembered by Christians today as the birthplace of Jesus. The fact of Bethlehem best remembered from the Old Testament, however, is that it was the birthplace of David. Bethlehem was his home and also the place of his anointment as king by Samuel. Joseph was said to have come from the city of David, hence Joseph's and Mary's trip to Bethlehem for the registration.
Geographically, Bethlehem is about 5 miles South of Jerusalem and about 90 miles South of Nazareth. It resides currently in Palestinian territory. Joseph and Mary would have traveled about 90 miles for the registration required by Augustus according to the story in the Gospel of Luke.
Please remember the good folks of Fourth in your prayers. Here's a list of those we've been remembering:
Dennis and Joan Little - family situations and concerns
Bill & Ruthie Brent ask for prayers for Debbie, Jeff and Loretta
Jan Merrick asks for prayers for friends Karen and Jim. Jim is battling health issues
Michaelle and Larry Steier's son John
Margaret Lewis - Health issues. Prayers, too, for Alex.
Leonard Yates who has been diagnosed with bone cancer and is receiving treatments.
Tara Parker's nephew's wife, Valerie Chew, who will undergo 6 weeks of radiation.
Pat Gould - Prayers for family Shaun Higdon (who tested positive for Covid-19) and Lee Higdon (Shaun's father) who was diagnosed with a 7" tumor on his kidney.
Emily Tudor, Tom's niece who tested positive for Covid-19