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Wellness: the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal

I hear the word wellness quite a bit. Typically, this word is used in the context of physical and mental health, but I realized one day that I don’t completely know what wellness means. After finding the meaning, I quickly saw how it could be applied to a spiritual context as well.

You see, my goal is to be healthy in every way possible — physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I want my health and wellness game to be at 100 percent.

However, if we look through the lens of reality, this unfortunately is a goal I’m missing the target on.

Finding time to work out is tough. Finding the energy to work out is hard. Finding the money to purchase the best healthy foods is not that easy. 

And my failings in this area had me looking at my spiritual life as well. So let’s use this Word of the Week to examine yours as well.

Wellness means to be in a state of good health, and it requires active pursuit.

Did you read that? 

Spiritual wellness requires active pursuit.

If we want to be healthy physically, we have to actively pursue it. We have to go to the gym and work out. And just like physical health, we have to pursue God to have a healthy spiritual life.

Actively pursuing spiritual wellness will include spending time in His Word, praying, worshiping Him, attending church to be fed, and seeking Godly wisdom.

But we can’t expect these things to come to us without putting in any effort. We have to actively pursue it.

With our active pursuit, we’ll be in our best spiritual health. This is when we will experience wellness.

Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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