Wholesome. This word seems to be one that is seldom used in our culture today. Because we are not accustomed to hearing it in everyday speech, we may hear it and have thoughts of yesteryear.
Webster’s Encylopedic Unabridged Dictionary (1983) defines wholesome (adj.) 1. conducive to moral or general well-being; 2. conducive to bodily health; healthful; 3. suggestive of physical or moral health esp. in appearance.
I desire to see wholesome-ness in every facet of my life. I speak to my children about using wholesome talk with one another, about blessing others with our words. I encourage those around me, children and adults, to be careful about what we see and hear. To choose to think on things that are wholesome and lovely. To fill our lives with godliness, purity, holiness and a love for wholesome things. I appreciate the connection in this defintion between moral and physical well being. In the same way that I want my daily walk to be wholesome, I also want the food I choose to prepare for my family to be wholesome as well. I want my children to be nourished physically, spiritually and emotionally.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
Whatever we spend our time on will be reflected in our lives. My desire is that these attributes would be evident in every part of my life. In the way I choose to spend my time, in the words that I speak , in the love that I show and in the deepest part of who I am.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Lord, help me to always live in a manner worthy of my calling. Thank you for the high price You paid for me. I desire to be whole and to live a wholesome life. Thank you for Your grace Lord when I have fallen short. My heart is Yours.