I love this devo. I find so many times that people, myself included, like to climb the martyr cross and deny ourselves for the sake of others. Yes, we are to love others, etc. But if we don’t take care of ourselves, we can’t hope to take care of anyone else. So, today, stop and take some time for yourself! I can assure you, the world will not stop spinning if you take an hour to just be alone and do something to “fill your tank”. Enjoy the break! Then you will be filled up and ready to give to others again. Even Jesus rested, and took time away. Certainly it’s ok if you do the same. 🙂
Love and blessings,
Today’s devo selection:
Taking Care Of Yourself
Found at: http://www.praise-and-worship.com/christian-devotionals
“Building up yourselves.” Jude 1:20
Listen: “A woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head…but when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying ‘Why this waste?’…When Jesus was aware of it, He said …’She has done a good work'” (Mt 26:7-10 NKJV).
Try to learn from Jesus! Allow the oil of service you pour on others to be poured on you, otherwise you’ll burn out. This isn’t a license for self-indulgence but rather a call to do what needs to be done to restore our depleted energy and exhausted spirit. You’ll never reach your highest potential if you don’t.
Furthermore, people usually treat you like you treat yourself. So start treating yourself better! It’s good to serve others, but too many of us are hiding behind serving others to avoid having to serve ourselves, or because we don’t know how.
How can you fulfill the command to “love your neighbor as yourself”, if you haven’t a clue how to love and take care of yourself? Too many of us become secretly resentful of the endless responsibilities and needs dumped on us each day, while seemingly no-one takes time to give back. Ultimately you have to make deposits where the world you live in seems to make endless withdrawals, or else face insufficient funds. Pretty soon those checks are bouncing everywhere: morally, emotionally, sexually and spiritually. Who’ll give back to you if not you? So, the word for you today is: “Allow the oil you pour on others, to be poured on you!”