Sozo Health Initiative
“Self-care (for healthy living) is discipleship too.”
Invest. Inform. Inspire.
Sozo: [Greek] salvation, healing, wholeness
3 John 2…”Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”
John 5:6…”When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed/made well (sozo)?”
We live in a day where many are slaves to the “gods” of busyness and productivity. There are also the stresses of social and economic living conditions that gnaw at our bodies, minds, and spirits. Likewise, the rat race that may describe the context of life in the 21st century is slowly draining many people of life. This unexamined pace of living and lack of discipline in the area of caring for one’s health increases the level of stress, anxiety, and fatigue that plagues far too many people. If humanity is created to reflect God within creation through character, thinking, relationships and vocation, then we must be intentional in resisting the temptation to keeping pace with the chase while neglecting the greatest gift we have next to salvation in Christ, life/health! Sozo Health Initiative wants to inspire those who desire to live healthier lives, and those who want to be energized for their calling and purpose. In other words, we want to create and facilitate a space for self-care.
Everyday is evidence of God’s grace, each day is a gift to us and optimal health should not be taken for granted. Self-care is our response to and partnership with that grace. Self-care is imperative to experiencing fullness of life because it is stewardship of the gift of our bodies/health. Stewardship is intrinsic to devotion to the God, who is the gift-giver; it is nurturing one’s body, soul, and mind to foster vitality. Self-care can afford us the energy and strength to walk in our calling as we seek to honor God with our gifts, talents, time, and in fact our whole lives. It is central to discipleship in Christ; however, it is the forgotten discipline in the church.
- To educate and dispel misinformation
- To equip with resources, tools, and strategies to make healthy choices
- To instill confidence
- To inspire sustainable healthy lifestyle changes
- To develop a biblically informed theology of health and fitness
- To partner with industry leaders to teach and encourage those we influence
- To foster the culture, community, and accountability needed for a successful journey in self-care
- To model healthy living