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July 2013 A Whole Person

From My Life’s Journey                                                       July, 2013  

Topic:  A Whole Person 

My friend in Christ, I pray that this writing will reveal to you one major way in which God deals with His people.  About 12 years ago, I received a diagnosis from the doctor and was given only one option for treatment.  I felt in my spirit that this option was not for me, so I began a lengthy quest for wholeness … just God and me.  Honestly, I only wanted one thing:  for God to “poof me” and make me better.  His plan, however, was to make me healthy

Through my experience, I’ve learned so much about the physical body.  I’ve also learned discipline (or moderation) which is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).   I learned to discipline myself in the areas of exercise and nutrition, giving up red meat, chicken, dairy, and caffeine.  I’ve learned about ways to detoxify the body and strengthen it with homeopathic and herbal remedies, massage therapy, and chiropractic care.  I’ve been careful about drinking enough water and getting the amount of rest and sleep that I need.  Spiritually, I speak healing scriptures to my body on a daily basis and release cares and worries to the One who told me to cast them on Him (1 Peter 5:7).

Why in the world am I sharing all this?  The answer is because through this situation, I’m learning that God deals with the whole person, not just one partWhile we may want one quick answer, God has the bigger picture in mind.  God didn’t want to relieve my physical situation in 60 seconds and then have me return to poor habits in the care of my body.  The Bible tells us that God’s ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than ours (Is. 55:8-9).

By no means am I telling anyone to get involved in all of these disciplines, but I do challenge you to evaluate your life.  Do you tend to focus on (and strengthen) certain areas while overlooking other areas that remain weak?  God wants you to be whole.  The Bible even says that although you do some things well, there are other things that you should not leave undone (Matt. 23:23).

I ran across the story of a medical doctor who was discouraged by the broken health care system, so she left her medical practice but did not quit her calling.  Today she helps others learn how to make the body ripe for miracles.  How?  By healing the mind and being healthy in all aspects of life.  She actually focuses on areas that are outside of nutrition, exercise, and sleep.  Here are questions she asks plus some I’ve added: 

  1. Do I have healthy relationships?  If not, ask God for His thoughts and ways on how to be whole in this area.
  2. Do I have a good work situation where my gifts and talents are being used?  Can I creatively express who I am?  If not, talk to God and open yourself to His instruction.
  3. Do I have my finances in order?  If not, ask God for His mind regarding finances.
  4. How is my living environment?  Chaotic?  Stressful?  If so, talk with God and get His direction.
  5. How quickly do I release worry and anxiety?  If you are a worrier, get built up in the Word regarding who God is and His faithfulness and trustworthiness.
  6. How is my one-on-one walk with God?  Distant?  Pour out your heart to Him.  Make changes to put God in first place in your life.  That decision alone will strengthen you. 
  7. What in my life is just out of whack?  If there is some area of your life that is holding you back from being a stronger Christian, don’t just overlook it; seek God’s direction in that area!

This doctor feels that if areas—especially those affecting the mind—are improved, the body will begin to heal itself. 

We have a perfect example of wholeness – Jesus.  T.W. Hunt in The Mind of Christ said of Jesus, “He is a true whole and, in fact, the only true whole in history.  He is unmixed; nothing in Him contradicts anything else in His mind or His personality.  All in Him is integrated and all is in unity.”* The Bible refers to the same when it reminds us that Satan had no hold on Jesus; there was no open door for the enemy to come in and steal, kill, or destroy.  Jesus was whole.


When we as Christians bring our whole lives into proper balance by not leaving certain areas unattended or in disarray, the Spirit of God can more powerfully move in and through us.  We’ve been surviving for too long when God wants us to thrive.  “I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b).  Evaluate your life.  What are you leaving undone and unaddressed?  Jesus died so that you could be an integrated whole person – all parts of you and your life working together well.  Choose to be whole, and start taking steps on your journey today!

 

Ever onward, ever forward~

Iris K. Barrett, Ed.D.