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Radiant Living



The Four Dimensions of Life B eyond the laws of radiant health are some broader principles that include the whole person. Human beings are made up of more than just a body. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This definition is incomplete as it leaves out one significant aspect of life and health— the spiritual. This understanding is illustrated clearly in Luke 2:52 which tells us that, “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” A rough paraphrase would state that Jesus grew mentally, physically, spiritually and socially. In the ten steps to health that were covered in the previous section notice that the last three are not purely physical laws but include areas from the other dimensions of life that affect physical health. The spiritual practice of “Trust in God,” the mental attitude of “Gratitude,” and the social skill of “Helping Others,” all have a positive influence on total health. Health for the whole person We cannot be totally well unless every part of us is healthy. In fact the mental, social, and spiritual factors may be even more involved in causing or fighting many diseases than are the physical factors. Many of the laws that we listed as governing physical health apply equally well to the other facets of life. 1. Nutrition—It is necessary to eat to live, not only physically, but also in the other three dimensions. Mentally: If new information and ideas are not fed into the mind on a regular basis the intellect ceases to grow and develop, becoming weak and stunted. Don’t dwell on the trivial, degrading, or useless; these things can be considered mental junk food. Socially: If love, respect, and companionship are not a regular part of your RADIANT LIVING s 23

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