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Brown bag luncheon speaker addresses healthy lifestyle

Jan. 28, 1997

By Melissa Harlow

Lariat Reporter

Each day there are programs and classes, even special speakers to support University students in choosing to lead an all-around healthy lifestyle.

Many students neglect the importance of each aspect of health--physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual--to form the whole person, and instead focus on merely one or two areas.

'In most cases, we concentrate on one or two of the major health aspects, neglecting the one that really puts it all into perspective,' Chris Wommack, associate pastor for First Baptist Church of Woodway and University graduate, said as he led Monday's brown bag luncheon in a discussion on spiritual wellness.

'The long-term struggles we deal with in our lives, be it drugs, alcohol abuse or violence, comes from within ourselves,' Wommack said.

Many students do not know it, but dealing with such problems is a matter of choice.

'The way we look at ourselves, at our lives, makes a difference,' Wommack said. 'The problem comes when we put ourselves into a lifestyle where we are trapped. We get caught up in a cycle that won't let us go, or rather, we won't let go of it.'

People tend to hide the deep, dark secrets of their life from close friends, fearing condemnation from others, Wommack said.

'If we cannot confide in ourselves and in our friends, then we condemn ourselves,' Wommack said. 'There is something that changes in our lives when we let God love us and care for us, no matter what dark secrets we have.'

His message expressed the concern that students cannot lead Christ-like lives if they continue to live in the past, living with guilt and worries, and further dwelling on them.

'It's so easy to go to class and ask someone about last night's homework, or what party they went to over the weekend,' Christi Stephens, a Waco sophomore, said. 'But we are afraid to share our religious faith, thinking we will sound foolish. We cannot be afraid to look foolish.'

Joy Swingler, a Plano senior, said that Wommack shared personal stories of how one can help people live life free of self-condemnation.

Wommack ended the afternoon on an inspirational note, encouraging students to keep their spiritual health in shape.

'When the light comes on in our lives, turn it on in someone elses,' he said.

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