The term “true wealth” is synonymous with monetary prosperity and substantial financial gains. Even in the plight of economic growth, true wealth is built on the concept of positive, proactive stewardship as a function of guaranteeing a solid financial future. I believe this is why the word “rich” is associated with a fleeting here and now; while “wealth” carries a connotation of stability and longevity.

A friend once tweeted with the hashtag #healthiswealth – as he battled through some physical challenges. When taking the term out of the context of money and into physical well-being, being wealthy becomes even more important…more attractive. What’s the point of financial wealth if you’re not physically able to maximize its enjoyment and share it? In addition to 2014 being the inaugural year of my preaching ministry, it has also been the year where I’ve had to openly face physical challenges for the first time while embracing my own mortality. In facing the challenges, I’m learning to do something about them. I understand that, through divine dedication and earthly practicality, I can reverse the damage done to my body and build a better temple more suited to serve in ministry and beyond.

Diet plays a key role in this journey. Working out has been tremendous. I’m still a work-in-progress when it comes to sleep and rest. December is a month of cleansing and recalibrating my taste buds. Fruits. Vegetables. Loads of water. No meat. No processed sugars. Very little salt. This is my life for the next 31 days and I do it for the physical benefits; yet I seek spiritual gains as well. I have a great accountability partner. I’m focused. I’m dedicated. I’m present for whatever is revealed during this pilgrimage to positive health. My prayer is these proactive measures grow as investments into my future…my true wealth.