The theme for this Advent devotional is Practicing Simplicity with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind. Life and ministry can be incredibly complex in these challenging times. Living Compass’ prayer this Advent is that we all benefit from slowing down enough that we are able to reflect on how we can listen to the Spirit’s invitation to practice simplicity.
Living Compass’ programs and materials are grounded in some of the following beliefs. Wellness is wholistic—it involves heart, soul, strength, and mind, addressing eight inter-related areas of wellness: Spirituality, Rest & Play, Care for the Body, Stress Resilience, Healthy Relationships, Handling Emotions, Organization, and Vocation. A belief that the Spirit is always calling us to renewal, healing, and change. An invitation to reflect on how our spirituality is serving (or not) as a primary compass in our lives. A spiritually grounded approach to wellness is not self-centered, it is not “ten steps to a better me;” it focuses instead on being well so that we can be well to love and serve our neighbor. We can’t pour from an empty cup, and so we need to love and care for ourselves so that we can love and care for our neighbor. It has been said that, “Hurt people, hurt people.” We know this to be true. We also know it to be true that, “Healed people, heal people.”
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