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A Wellness Plan Is Comprehensive

It’s all connected.

I’ve been reading Ezekiel. The dry bones get connected and there’s life. Paul wrote, “The body is made of many parts.”

You’re the same way. Your physical condition affects your spirit and your vocational efforts. A broken relational life impacts your health, your emotions, and your life with God. Financial stress puts stress into every part of your life.

Wellness ebbs and flows. Over the years, we’ve had people attend our retreats twice five years apart. They’ll tell us that they went away from the first retreat with a plan to tend to their relationships and the second with a focus on their spiritual and physical wellbeing.

So, how are you doing?

An intentional wellness plan takes into account every aspect of the complex nature of what it means to be human and carefully assesses, “How am I doing?” in each area.

I’ve found that a three part assessment is the simplest way to survey your wellness. How am I doing in my life with God, my life in community with other people and my life of service through my vocations?

That’s an easy three legged stool to consider. Any one leg that’s wobbly will make the other two topple. A wellness plan focuses on the wobbliest leg first, while still recognizing that any of the legs can soon become the weak one when untended.

If you need a more precise focus…

We like the Wellness Wheel as a model. Here’s how it serves as a comprehensive guide for self-awareness.

What are the key elements of my Life with God? There are two: my moment by moment assurance of my Identity in Christ by his work of salvation in me (that’s Baptismal Wellness) and my life long RECEPTIVITY to his good gifts in Word and Sacrament as he nurtures, feeds and blesses me every day of my life (Spiritual Wellness).

If your whole life is a deep drink at his fountain of life, and if every moment finds meaning in baptismal grace, you’ll be richly blessed.

What are the key aspects of Life in Community with family, church, co-workers and neighbors? There are three. Relational Wellbeing asks the question, “Am I living in the Unity that God gives to families and to the Church, making every effort to protect and defend this precious gift?” Intellectual Wellbeing asks, “Am I endlessly Curious about those close to me? Do I know their stories?” Emotional Wellbeing asks, “Has a shift in the mood of our relationship indicated that our Harmony has been disrupted? Are we living by grace?”

And finally, which aspects of life assure a healthy approach to my Life in Ministry? Vocational Wellbeing is assessed by asking, “Am I finding joy in my work, leading to a sincere Humility that God would use me for his purposes?” Physical Wellness asks, “Am I staying as fit as possible so that my Vitality allows me to respond to the needs of others?” Financial Wellness asks, “Does faithful stewardship allow my to be Generous with others?”

The Wellness Wheel

Reclaiming the Joy of Ministry

You can find more comprehensive assessment tools in our new book “Reclaiming the Joy of Ministry: The Grace Place Way to Church Worker Wellness.”

Thanks for reading.