Joy or pain in one dimension of our lives inevitably affects other dimensions. Even many medical conditions result from parts of our lives we might not consider medical in nature. A balanced life takes into consideration what is going on not just medically, but in the areas of faith, movement, work, emotions, nutrition, and friends and family. These are the seven areas of the Model for Healthy Living.
The Model for Healthy Living recognizes the relationships between all these parts of our lives and becomes a tool for pursuing balance and satisfaction. It reflects the realities of our everyday lives—families, jobs, schedules—and reminds us of areas we may tend to neglect. One component out of balance affects everything else.
There is always room for improvement. When we start trying to think that we can be perfect creatures—thinking we can score 100 percent on every part of the Model and achieve “complete health”—we lose the message. We need the gentle reminder to live a healthy life by understanding the nature of wholeness in each of the seven areas and in the way they come together in balance.
This is why Church Health Reader uses the Model for Healthy Living as our anchor and organizes all our resources around it. By providing innovative, inspiring and practical ideas for living a healthier life, we hope to give God thanks for what God first gave us.