I Am the Steward of Myself - A Prayer for Health and Wholeness
Sunday, July 05, 2009
I don't know about you but these past few days have been a struggle for me to stay on track as far as making healthy food and exercise choices. The 4th of July holiday brought much food and friends and is still lingering but I began this morning to think about the past few days and am committed to getting back on track...again!
I don't beat myself up anymore when I make unhealthy choices but instead take a few minutes to consider what I could have done differently and then let it go and start anew...keeping my focus on the day ahead and not looking back. I figure that if God is so generous in forgiving my transgressions when I am truly sorry, I surely need to forgive myself and move forward.
Today is Sunday, the Lord's Day, and like many, I often start the day in prayer and will soon get ready for Church. As I thought about the whole "on track" - "off track" thing and wrote in my journal, I found myself in prayer and wrote the following. As I reread what God led me to consider, I wonder if I might share these thoughts and this perspective on health and wholeness with anyone who may wish to read it. I hope it gives you food for thought.
God bless you,
A PRAYER FOR HEALTH AND WHOLENESS
Today you have opened my eyes to consider health and wholeness in a new light and to understand that I am the "steward" of myself. I am not only worth the effort it takes to live a healthy and whole life but I am called by You to walk the path of wellness. You have entrusted me with a unique body, mind, heart and soul, both unlike that of anyone else and yet alike to a countless humanity with whom I share the same lineage. There is no race, color or creed here, only the origin of Your love. We are all "Imago Dei" - that is, created in Your image and likeness because of Your profound love for each and every one of us.
Today, I consider Your profound love for me and this gift of my own creation. For my life, created in Your image, I remain ever grateful. More than ever, I have come to see that with the right You give me to call you "Abba - Father" comes the responsibility of stewardship, You have led me to see that I must nurture my body, mind, heart and soul to their highest levels of abundance and in wisdom, share this abundance with others. Thus, it follows, that as such a steward, I must feed and exercise my body, mind, heart and soul in wholeness and in truth, protecting and preserving these gifts from any sort of physical, mental, emotional or spiritual harm.
I begin again today to journey toward health and wholeness. With this attitude of stewardship I renew and deepen my commitment to this lifelong journey, taken one day at a time, one step at a time.
Father, I ask You to journey with me, for the grace to faithfully walk this path and the strength to reach out to You when I fall that I may rise up quickly and one day return these gifts to You in both wholeness and abundance.
I ask all this through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.