Spiritual Gains: How do I make them a part of my life?
You’ve heard us talk about spiritual health. You may have wondered how to make spiritual gains in your life. You’ve seen those words in our Gains’ tagline. Battle of the Gains: Events with a Cause: Promoting Physical, Mental and Spiritual Gains. It’s easy to recognize physical and mental health, but what about spiritual fitness? How do you get it? How do you know if you have it?
Battle of the Gains, brainchild of Grand Rapids-area event coordinator Will Ellermets, promotes physical, mental and spiritual development through sports and community events. If you attended the 2017 Gains Zoo Event, you saw plenty of physical activity. Walkers went on scavenger hunts through John Ball Park Zoo grounds. Hoopsters competed in 3-on-3 on the basketball courts. Others tried to win silver dollars for shooting, and people with pigskin-passing skill put on a flag football display.
Business and agency booths in the onsite 2017 Community Expo featured bean bag tosses, hula hoop whirling and other action activities for kids to adults. Sponsors such as Orange Theory, Maximized Living and Be Nice stressed the natural bond between mental and physical health. Staying active, playing sports and getting involved in community events all foster those valuable life assets.
But spiritual health is harder to define. Yet, spiritual gains give purpose to our lives. Spiritual fitness can stem from life’s battles: pain, agony, insecurity, overwhelming responsibilities, mental, physical, or financial set-backs and personal struggles, but it can also come from inspiration.
Julia Evans, a high school student from Novi, MI, exemplified spiritual health at our Gains’ Zoo Event, which raised funds for scholarships to the Donate Life/Transplant Games of America (TGA). As TGA Ambassador, Julia told a crowd of athletes, sponsors, volunteers and participants about her struggles.
A few days after birth, Julia’s doctor told her parents that she needed a heart transplant to survive. If that wasn’t enough bad luck, Julia was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in her last year of middle school. She explained to the crowd, “I decided to stay strong and upbeat, rather than let my set-backs destroy me.” Now, she’s a happy 16-year-old with a purpose: To help others realize that even the toughest battles can be overcome.
Searching for your purpose in life leads to spiritual health. That’s what Battle of the Gains is all about!
Change your life. Change your community. Change Your World.
Battle of the Gains is a concept conceived and launched by Will Ellermets as a student at Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI). Blog posts and PR/Communications messages are developed by business associate Susan K. Maciak, CAMEO Communications, Career & Corporate Consulting LLC: www.cameo100.com Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org