Like the Westminster Catechism, I believe that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. However, to do this, I think we have to be holy, healthy, and whole. We have 4 “pillars” of health: mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical. I believe that these correspond to Jesus’ command for us to love God with all our mind (mental), heart (emotional), soul (spiritual), and strength (physical), in Luke 10:27.
To this end, I strive to health and wholeness in each area. Mental is one that is both easy and difficult to maintain. There are a million apps and games out there that help with memory and cognition. However, I’m not sure that just that is all you need for brain health. I’ve used Brain Age and Luminosity and a couple others and they work well, but I think you need a bit more.
There is a creative and imaginative aspect to mental health, too. I’m not much of a crafter, but I do like to think of myself as a big of a creative soul. I’ve just gotten into the grown up coloring books that are all the rage now days. I’ve also started Bible Journaling.
Scripture memorization is also a wonderful tactic. You get the benefit of stretching your mental muscles with memorization and you also get the added bonus of having a wealth of scripture at your mental disposal.
These are all well and good and wonderful tools to use. But the most fun tool for building mental health and wholeness? Reading! I love to read, so this may not be the same for everyone. I like to read broadly, but I will say that my focus lately has been nonfiction and theology. I’m trying to mix it up a bit this year with my 2016 reading list.
My usual goal is reading two books a month, but I’ll admit that I’m a bit behind schedule this month. I’ve already finished one book and have two more started that I’m reading concurrently. I’ve not made the time to read in the past couple weeks, but I hope to get back in the routine.
Check back in on Wednesday for my first monthly “Book Report” on the book I’ve completed.