In June I had the privilege to attend the CREDO conference sponsored by the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church USA. CREDO is a week-long conference designed for mid-career pastors to provide an opportunity to plan well for the rest of our careers – financially, spiritually, vocationally, emotionally, and physically. For me, this was a solid reminder of what each of us should know – in order to do our work well, we need to tend to all these areas of our lives. The Psalmist knew this, too. In Psalm 139 God is praised, saying, “For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
This month, the Choices Stewardship material (©PCUSA, 1997) invites us to consider how we care for the body & mind God has given us. Each of us has our particular challenges. My care plan will necessarily look different than yours. Here are a few questions from that curriculum to get you started thinking about the good stewardship of your mind and body:
- How do you take care of your body? Notice the things you do today for your body.
- What is your favorite way to get some exercise? Is it more helpful to your body or your mind?
- Would you rather be wise or smart? Why?
- What is your definition of play?
- The saying goes, Humor is the best medicine.” Think of a time when you couldn’t stop laughing.
- What is one way you have changed or could change your lifestyle to be healthier?
To get you started, here’s a joke to start working on that goal of laughing more: This one comes from “Talk like a pirate day”, which was Saturday September 19th … “What’s a pirate’s favorite letter? [any ideas? ] You think it’s “R” but it be the “C.”
Friends, let’s be good stewards of our lives together.