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Did you know that from April 5th to April 12th, its Bee Active, Bee Healthy, Bee Happy Week 2021. The Running Bee Foundation promotes the benefits of an active lifestyle, champions health and well-being initiatives and aims to help reduce childhood obesity.

The Running Bee Foundation is a new initiative founded and supported by Sports Tours International – the UK’s leading sports travel business.
For more than 10 years, Sports Tours International has been helping people to get active across the North West, by organising a series of high profile running events. These events provide a real focus for their local communities, encouraging more people to get active and developing a sense of local pride. Starting in 2019, ALL the profits from Sports Tours International’s 9 running events were & are donated to The Running Bee Foundation to be invested back into the communities where these events take place. Grants were & are made available to community groups and local charities in the towns and cities so that people of all ages can make positive changes to their lives.

What a timely celebration of all things active & healthy just as the National Lockdown begins to lift & the prospect of getting things back to normal gives us hope & encouragement for the months ahead.

From Monday 29 March restrictions were lifted & we have begun to move from the Darkness of Lockdown to the Light of a new Dawn. We still have to proceed with caution but we can begin to explore the great outdoors again with family & friends. People are allowed to meet outside – including in private gardens – in groups of up to six, or as two households. The stay-at-home rule has ended, although the government asks that people ‘minimise travel’ where possible. Outdoor sport facilities have reopened, including golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, and outdoor swimming & formally organised outdoor sports can begin to restart.

Stage two (no earlier than 12th April) will see even more welcome activities & opportunities being allowed, including all shops allowed to open, along with close-contact services, including hairdressers and beauty salons; Restaurants and pubs will be allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors; Gyms and spas can reopen, as can zoos, theme parks, libraries and community centres; & members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation

This means that we can all look forward to bee-ing active, bee-ing healthy and bee-ing happy wherever we are.

We read in the Bible that Jesus cared about people, he helped them and he championed the cause of the marginalised. He was active and not passive in helping people. As Christians, literally ‘Christ followers’, we can be ‘active’ in seeking to show the love and compassion of Jesus, to speak for the voiceless and to work for justice.

Many of us today, reflect our faith very simply, love God and love people. We acknowledge that we are on earth for purpose beyond ourselves. The essence of the Christian faith is that Jesus is God’s son, who came to earth to provide a way to God. Jesus demonstrated God’s love, and his teachings form the foundations of our society. Having just journeyed through the weeks leading up to Easter, Jesus’ death and resurrection provides the way for us to have a personal relationship with God and in so doing, we can believe we have a life worth living. And if what we have can help another person, then we must put this belief into action and be happy to share our faith.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17 v22). This saying shows us that the Bible does not talk about health in modern medical terms, but rather about well-being and good relationships. The biblical expression “shalom”, often translated “peace”, encompasses this understanding of well-being. This is also how the World Council of Churches defines health: “Health is a dynamic state of well‐being of the individual and society, of physical, mental, spiritual, economic, political, and social well‐being – of being in harmony with each other, with the material environment and with God.” The healings that Jesus performed affirm this holistic understanding of health. People are set free, not only from physical suffering, but also from exclusion, stigmatisation and shame. Many of them suffered from chronic diseases; often, it was the most vulnerable who were healed by Jesus. They had their dignity affirmed; Jesus raised them up to new life and restored relationships. This is how Jesus acts when healing (John 9), empowering people to cope with their situation and its challenges. That is what it means to promote good health, as our health does not have to be perfect, but good enough for a good and meaningful life.

And as for bee-ing happy … you can have flaws, be anxious, and ever angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world.

Especially after the year that we’ve had, remember that to be happy is not to have a sky without a storm, a road without accidents, work without fatigue, relationships without disappointments. To be happy is to find strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, security on the stage of fear, love in discord. To be happy is not only to enjoy the smile, but also to reflect on the sadness. It is not only to celebrate the successes, but to learn lessons from the failures. It is not only to feel happy with the applause, but to be happy in anonymity.

To be happy is not a fatality of destiny, but an achievement for those who can travel within themselves. To be happy is to stop feeling like a victim and become your destiny’s author. It is to cross deserts, yet to be able to find an oasis in the depths of our soul. Being happy is not being afraid of your own feelings. It’s to be able to talk about you. It is having the courage to hear a “no”. It is confidence in the face of criticism, even when unjustified. It is to kiss your children, pamper your parents, to live poetic moments with friends, even when they hurt us. To be happy is to let live the creature that lives in each of us, free, joyful and simple. It is to have the maturity to be able to say: “I made mistakes”. It is to have the courage to say “I am sorry”. It is to have the sensitivity to say, “I need you”. It is to have the ability to say “I love you”.

May your life become a garden of opportunities for happiness … that in the spring may it be a lover of joy, in winter a lover of wisdom. And when you make a mistake, start all over again. For only then will you be in love with life. You will find that to be happy is not to have a perfect life. It is to thank God for every morning, for the miracle of life.

So never give up. Never give up on people you love. Never give up on being happy because life is an amazing show!

Bee-Active, Bee-healthy, Bee-Happy!