Springtime is upon us, and for many there is incentive to get out and enjoy the fresh air, plant some flowers, and exercise.
Lots of things happen in March: it is the month when teachers’ bulletin boards ask children to figure out if spring will come in like a lion or a lamb; the month of the famous “Ides”, specifically March 15 on the Roman calendar, when Julius Caesar was killed, and pagans celebrated a feast dedicated to their god Mars; and who could forget today, March 17, when those with a heart for Ireland adorn themselves in green and head to the local pub . . . one has to wonder if Patrick would have approved. Palm Sunday and Passover will take place in March this year, so truly there is reason to get out and do something this time of year.
March also happens to be Spiritual Wellness Month. Take time to evaluate your progress in studying God’s Word. Are you spiritually well or are you spiritually struggling? Do you genuinely know what you believe or do you still need answers? Do you have a more personal relationship with Jesus than you did this time last year? Is your family spiritually sound? Are you genuinely happy?
Pentecostal churches are focused on spiritual wellness all year long. Many local congregations are now also combining this with physical wellness, recognizing the importance of maintaining health of the body. In Paul’s words, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor.6:19-20 NKJV)
Abundant Life Christian Center Church of God in Christ in Raleigh has a “Life Center” which includes a gym, weight room, fitness/wellness center, aerobics room, and cafeteria. They have an adult basketball league, youth sport camps, and volleyball. What better way to care for your body and soul? For Spiritual Wellness Month, why not visit their church on a Sunday morning at 10:30am and consider getting yourself connected to their wellness programs? Other local churches have similar programs, as well, aimed at reducing obesity within the church. Southern churches are known for being havens of obesity thanks to the traditional after-church fried chicken potlucks.
Whether you like to run, walk, or bike, with the new trends focused on reducing obesity in America and in American churches, Marching Upward to Zion can take on a whole new meaning. Happy Spring!