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Physical well being

Physical well being Eat a good breakfast; brush and floss twice a day; work hard; exercise daily; make nice friends; eat your vegetables; go to bed early; don’t smoke; avoid salt; eat fish; drink your milk, and call you mother…often!  All of this is probably the best advice anyone can give regarding physical wellness… no really, anyone, including Mom, Dr. Oz, or a super-double-board-certified-best-doctor-in-America.  Just do it! As we approach this New Year, this season when, despite our good intentions, all seems to get tossed out the window, are there a few caveats that we can post on our limbic system that might possibly alter our physical (and for that matter, our whole-being well-being) enough that we can launch into the new year with veritas and gravitas?  Yes. Read More

Fiscal well being

I’m guessing most of you have already seen the headline: Fiscal Distress Number One Cause For Church Worker Loss. That’s not just an LCMS lead story, but announcements from the Synodical headquarters to the LCEF Tri-Synod study on the financial health of church workers and leaders from a few years ago remind us that personal finances is numero uno on the detriment-to-ministry hit list. That’s so interesting since our shekels (our possessions/talents) are addressed in the Scriptures almost more frequently than any other issues. Our friends at the Gallup organization* to whom I have been referring throughout this series offer a few poignant deductions. Firstly, our total net worth does not buy fiscal well being. Financial wellness really turns out to be defined as ‘the perception that you have enough money to adequately take care of yourself and your family without the burden and stress of debt.’ Are you there? Read More

Social well being

Social well being You need at least six hours of socialization per day to bring about social wellbeing!* Now, there is a health headline that will capture the hearts of many people who love to talk, the so-called “painters” of this world. Rev. Dr. David and Kathy Ludwig, my partners… Read More

Vocational well being

Vocational well being “How’s the job going in this economy?” This is an often asked question to most of us, to which we usually respond, “I’m hangin’ in there!” Do you feel like the most enthusiastic response you can offer as a Lutheran pastor or teacher is, “I’m hangin’ in… Read More

Well being, the five essential elements

Well being, the five essential elements A recently published book from the famed Gallup organization entitled appropriately, Well Being, sheds incredibly helpful insight into what it takes for us to be well.  Wellbeing does not mean merely being happy.  Now, there is nothing inherently wrong with being happy or joyful,… Read More