We are a community striving to understand that we are not our own, but bought with a price, and our bodies (and our environment) have been placed in our care, as we are stewards of all good things God gives us. We are here to explore the implications of such a high calling and to spur one another on in disciplining ourselves in this calling. Our efforts are certainly not simply about health, wellness, or fitness. Instead, we are seeking to promote a holistic approach to Christianity. However, since we see a glaring neglect in the Christian Church’s concern for physical health, we have chosen to focus on such topics as a paradigm for holistic faith and its sanctifying affects upon the whole being. We hope that the principles we explore when speaking of physical health might be exported to other areas of spiritual growth in Christ.
Our first priority is not to have our audience agree with every statement we make. Instead, we merely hope that our words would have people think. We are here to create a dialogue, not a treatise. It seems that many people have simply forgotten how to think. Maybe we do think about the “higher” things of philosophy and academia, but what about thinking about ordinary, everyday type things that probably have the real “higher” impact on our being?
We live our day-to-day lives never considering the ethical implications of the things we do, such as grocery shopping, eating, taking another Advil, choosing to move or not move, etc. Yes, we often consider our conduct and character when it comes to the language we use, what we watch on TV, how we interact with others, which focuses in on the condition of the heart, but what about considering how we treat the heart’s home, our bodies. Moreover, if you are not taking care of your self, what does this say about the condition of your heart and character?
Should not Christianity speak to all areas of our lives? If something in our lives cannot be addressed by the faith, is our faith big enough? We believe that Christianity has much to say about how we steward our whole being, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. If your faith does not address all areas of your being, which all groan for redemption, it is too small a faith. Get rid of it. If your faith does not convict you when you neglect the body you have been given, it is a faith that only lends itself to selfishness. The easiest thing to do is to say, “I don’t have time to take care of myself.” We might even think we are being sacrificial, “I cannot exercise because I am spending all my time helping others.” That is an excuse. If you really cared for others, you would care for yourself so that you could be your best for them and be your best for longer.
The Echo Life began as a conversation between three friends over a period of several years that centered around spurring each other on in discipline, and our intent is to continue our discussion while inviting others to join the conversation. While we are not searching for people to simply agree with the thoughts we offer on our blog (and via other social media), we are unapologetically Christian in our pursuit. You do not have to share in our faith to join, but know our questions and our answers will always speak back to our worldview and our commitment to search it out in its entirety. We pursue holistic Christian thought because we have wrestled with it for a long time, and it has proved to us to be the deepest of truths that speaks to our whole being and every aspect of the lives we live.
We have seen a disconnect between the power of faith and its impact on many Christians in our culture. There are too many miserable Christians that have not discovered that Christianity is not merely about the life to come, but the life we live now, the life that is supposed to echo the sort of life we will one day live in the consummated Kingdom of God. We are here to reclaim that power from a domesticated Christianity that has for too long allowed the surrounding culture to dictate how far it can go. This “form of faith” has left the Christian witness weak and of ill effect. As echoers of the Kingdom, we are to represent the power of the faith, but often, because of the lives we live, Christianity seems pointless.
Let’s reclaim the power which has always been there, the power to impact our whole person. This is not about health, wealth and prosperity. Instead, this is about stewarding that which God has given us. This is about being the best representatives for God that we possibly can be. This is not about self. It is about doing what is best for the sake of others, even when that means doing our best to take care of our own bodies.