The Inside Column 10/11

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Five Ways To Spiritual Well-Being
There’s been a great deal of media attention over the last couple of years about the mental health of our nation. Anxiety is a growing issue among the young, our suicide rates are the highest in the world and there is growing recognition of how damaging loneliness is, equating it as harmful to our health as 15 cigarettes a day. The mental health Foundation have produced a card with
strategies for helping one’s mental health titled Five Ways to Well-being. I think there’s value in adding a Christian perspective to these strategies and examining how we can incorporate these into our daily lives.

1. Connect
Connecting with God is the cornerstone of our faith and grounds us as Christians. There’s so many ways we can connect with God; through prayer, nature, music and the Bible but God also wanted us to connect through relationships with each other. Connection can be as simple as a smile, a hello, an invitation for coffee or a sympathetic ear.

2. Give
Giving God our time, our words, our presence but also giving to others. Giving can take so many forms and can be as simple as giving a compliment, ringing a neighbour, your time, volunteering or financial giving. It’s giving something of ourselves. We never know the full impact of our giving. Consider the young boy with just a basket of fish and a loaf of bread. Little did he know how far that gift would travel, not just to 5000 who sat and ate from it but thousands of years later we are still talking about it.

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.      - Luke 6:38

3. Take Notice
God created this wonderful world for us. I’m sure he wants us to take notice, take joy from it and give thanks for the beauty of the simple things around us. Some people keep a prayer journal and look back, taking notice of the way God has answered their prayers

4. Keep Learning
Learning stimulates the brain. From a Christian perspective I think that means delving deeply into the bible but also keeping a breast with current issues, reflecting on them and seeking God’s
guidance on how to respond.

5. Be Active
Be active for God. Now there’s a good logo for a church! I think the other four dimensions are our way of being active for God – connecting with others giving of ourselves, taking notice and learning. These all lead to developing deeper relationships with God, ourselves, our earth and each other.

Yours in Christ

Kathy

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