Thinking Matters – Think Grace!

Does your wellness program feel like this?

Wellness program feeling like this?

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail
– Proverb, attribution uncertain

Last week’s talk on Grace Based Wellness seemed to go well, but it’s hard to know for sure. In any event, I’m glad it’s done, and I’m glad to have done it. Speaking to an audience is a “forcing function” requiring me to clarify my own thoughts on the matter at hand. My talk was basically just an explanation of my current thinking on health vs. wellness, walking in grace, and the story of how I got here.

As I was preparing my conclusion, I anticipated the questions, “So what?” and “What difference does it make?” especially because I’m not sure it’s obvious. If one wants to lose weight, he or she will still have to consume a healthier diet. How is this new philosophy helpful? How does thinking differently make a difference in someone’s ability to adopt healthier habits?

I’m still having a little trouble summing it up, but the basic answer is that God will do things for and with us that we cannot do by ourselves, and God begins with our minds. Expressing it in terms of the hammer and nail proverb – God shows us we’ve been mistakenly hammering screws, and then hands us (and becomes) the screwdriver we needed all along.

Your own best thinking got you here.
– AA slogan

“Thinking matters.” Seems so obvious. We all know it, but how many of us take to heart the AA slogan? How many of us actually look to change our thinking when life’s not working out very well? Not too many.

Perhaps, like me, you’re trying to live differently from the rest of America. Maybe you’re also trying to be healthy and well while surrounded by a culture toxic to spiritual, emotional and physical health. We won’t be able to do it on our own, but in his own time, God can and will transform us.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12:2 NLT

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Phil 4:8 NLT

God cares about how we think and also about what we think. Our job is to be obedient and to cooperate with him as he changes both. We may or may not get healthy, but we will get well! Think Grace!

Maybe you need one of these.

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Comments

  1. Hi Pete,
    Your blog today reminded me about our motivation. We humans are naturally motivated by what we perceive to be in our best interests. We regularly approach all of life from this perspective. I suppose it would be easy to say we are basically selfish creatures. Grace does not normally come into our thinking. The Bible instructions to change our motivation. Titus 2:11-12 states, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,” As we understand the grace that has been extended to us even though we don’t deserve it, it motivates us think rightly about God and to extend grace to others. Now instead of dieting and exercising to improve our appearance, we respond to God’s grace by giving our bodies back to God in a healthy service. (I Corinthians 6:1-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?)

    Thanks for taking your time and resources to encourage us all in Grace Based Wellness.

    Ray Traylor
    http://www.dirtysecretsdirtylies.com

  2. I work for AHS and just listened to the recording of your talk. God used you, my brother. It was exactly what I needed to hear. You and I are on the same page about so many things, things I’ve been thinking about for about 14 years now. You also gave me some new insight. I’m currently going through some health changes, ones that could dramatically change my current healthy lifestyle, and this idea of wellness vs health, giving myself grace, and that I will die one day, are all things that needed reinforcing in my brain. Thank you for taking time to go to AHS. I will be following your blog from now on. I wish I could share that recording with my family and my Bible study.

    • Peter Weiss says:

      Hi Heather,
      I’m glad the seminar helped you. We are all learning and growing. It’s nice when we can do so together, as God intends for us. Let me know if I can do anything for you. Regarding your family listening to the talk, perhaps there is some way for AHS HR to facilitate that. (Or maybe have them come to the office) Otherwise, if your Bible study group is really interested in this topic I could talk with you and them (in person if you’re in Orlando, or by phone/skype wherever). I’m always happy to talk with anyone who is interested.
      Pete