On Sunday we discussed evaluating yourself in four different areas; spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental. As you read this, how are you doing in each of these areas? Take a breath, and take 2 minutes to internally rate yourself from 1-10 in each of these areas.
Not too difficult, huh? This discipline could help you from having one of those emotional, physical, mental, or spiritual break downs. If you do this every day and learn how to feed yourself in each of these areas, you are well on the road to having a healthy life all around. This doesn’t make you invincible or immune to stress or bad days, but it does help you keep each of these areas maintained and within healthy parameters.
We know from the Gospels that Jesus had a habit of regularly detaching himself from the crowds and even from the disciples to care for his own health. He needed time to be alone and with his Father. That relationship with God should always come first. After that, however, you must learn how to care for yourself well.
Why do they require lifeguards to be exceptional swimmers? Well, if you weren’t a good swimmer and could barely keep your own head above water, how are you supposed to help someone else who is drowning and unable to keep themselves up? In a similar way, you can’t care for hurting and broken people if you are barely keeping things together yourself. Care for yourself well, so that you can reach out and minister to those that are hurting and broken.
37 “And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39