Thank you for joining the Partners in Health and Wholeness Book Club. You can officially sign-up here. Through it, we hope to engage people of faith in discussions over why our health matters. Our current choice of reading is “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire” by Jim Cymbala. We are posting updates through the PHW Facebook page, but our PHW blog pagehas the discussion posts in full with responses from staff. Just look for the apple on top of the book picture among the blog post pictures and you will find past Book Club entries.
In high school I was known for my quick defense in basketball—seriously. If we had a tough opponent, I was the woman they put in to guard her.
So I immediately got the point when Cymbala illustrates Christians playing a losing basketball game. When the coach calls a time-out, we are concerned about the fans, the beauty of the stadium, and clothing instead of how to correct our playing to win the game.
I instantly felt convicted of the times that I was more concerned with what I was going to wear to church rather than being excited to worship with others—or worse, being concerned with what others wear.
I understand, Cymbala. The Lord is calling a time-out for us to re-evaluate our playing in this game of life. Yes, let’s correct our eating habits, but let’s do it for the glory of the Lord.
1) Do you resonate with this illustration within Chapter 6? If so, what else do you see?
2) How can we as followers of Jesus respond differently to temptations of unhealthy habits?
–Joy Williams, PHW Regional Consultant
Partners in Health and Wholeness is an initiative of the North Carolina Council of Churches. PHW aims to connect health as a faith issue. Please visit our website to sign your personal pledge to be healthier, and to find out about grant opportunities for places of worship in NC.