As people of faith, we're called to steward all our gifts, including our bodies, relationships, money, and more. That means living well and caring for ourselves fully in mind, body, and spirit.
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Making Positive Changes
Caring for ourselves may involve making some positive changes in our lives. So try to pinpoint what will motivate you to make those changes. The reasons below may help.
10 Reasons to Live Well in the ELCA
- To be a more effective leader for the sake of the world
- To model healthy behaviors for our children
- To have a healthier relationship with God
- To endure hardship with resilience and grace
- To feel better in mind and body
- To avoid lifestyle-related illness
- To better steward gifts given by God
- To age with strength and dignity
- To lead my congregation toward wellness
- To help decrease overall health care costs thereby increasing mission dollars
An Easier Way to Live Well
Watch this video to learn how our faith can help us live well each day as whole people of God.
Stewarding our gifts wisely can be harder than it sounds. We get pulled in so many directions every day, and may have limited time, resources, and discipline. When we're faced with multiple responsibilities, it's easy to get distracted and lose our focus.
When We Don't Live Well
As imperfect human beings, we often react from a place of insecurity when faced with multiple responsibilities:
- We overreact.
- We lose focus and discipline.
- We listen poorly, distracted by our own concerns.
- We tend to act as though we, alone, are in control.
- We compare ourselves to those around us, worried that we don't measure up.
- We unfairly blame others.
When We Do Live Well
If we're centered daily in faith and stewarding our gifts wisely, we're better able to manage whatever the day may bring. Then we can:
- Work from our values, strengths, and interests.
- Accept our limitations.
- Seek and accept help.
- Forgive ourselves and others.
- Focus on improving the way we do our job as a way to enhance the lives of others.
Restoring Our Sense of Self
Using our faith is a good way to help overcome the stumbling blocks to living well. Intentional, daily practice can help us calm our thinking, clarify our relationship with God, and restore our sense of self. Less encumbered by fear and anxiety, we're better able to trust our abilities, accept our limitations, and steward our gifts. As better stewards, we're more likely to enhance the lives of others each day.
We offer several faith-based wellness-related activities to help you and the people you care about live a centered life.
Two Activities to Try
Be Still offers reflection questions to guide your daily prayer and meditation.
Try Be Still
Slow Down explores centering prayer, body movement, and handwork as a means of focusing your time with God.
Try Slow Down