(Excerpt from Chapter 5: Transforming to Be Spiritually Healthy)
Being Spiritually Healthy is Most Important
Of all the four areas of being made whole (physical, emotional, financial, spiritual); being spiritually healthy is the most important. I like to use the analogy of being spiritually healthy to a load-bearing wall in a building. For the spiritually healthy chapters of this book; we will use the analogy of you being a building and the four wholeness components are the four pillars of the building.
A load-bearing wall (your spiritual health) is a wall that bears a load resting upon it by conducting its weight to a foundation structure. In other words, it is the load-bearing wall that is the main wall that keeps the building standing when the other walls become weakened or damaged. Proverbs 18:14 states, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” (KJV)
Other walls in a building that are not load-bearing are called curtain walls. Curtain walls provide no significant structural support beyond what is necessary to bear its own materials or conduct such loads to a load-bearing wall. So in order to keep your building in good condition (whole) and standing (even after a storm); your load-bearing wall (spiritual life) must be grounded in the foundation of your building. It is the state of your spiritual health that will determine how strong you stand and how you handle difficult times in other areas of your life; physical, financial, and emotional. Your spiritual life must be healthy and strong in order for you to get through tests, trials and storms in your life.