Today, we embark this week on the final pillar of the Daniel Plan: friends.
It's a simple fact. We were created to be in relationships. Think about it. What was the first community? Father, Son and Holy Spirit in eternal communion. This is a mystery that we will not ever fully understand. Yet, we can see that even before the creation, God existed in a relationship and when He created man He created others with whom man could interact.
Jesus tells us that we are to:
So, we have a vertical relationship with God that transfers into a horizontal relationship with each other with the pivot being love.
We are embarking on a journey of lifestyle change. Dr. Dean Ornish is a Harvard trained physician who famously discovered a regimen to reverse heart disease. It goes like this.
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a plant based diet
- Reduce your stress
- Quit smoking
However, he wrote that relationships ultimately are what motivate us to eat healthy and exercise. He wrote:
We find, in our practice, that people who attempt lifestyle changes together are far more likely to succeed than those who go it alone or, God forbid, have a person at home who is actively opposed to or sabotaging their efforts.
I am reminded of the verse in Ecclesiastes: