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Today’s podcast topic is a hopping topic that I’ve read countless articles about, listened to podcasts, and thought about extensively in the last 6 months. My first blog article on it was here, ‘Why I’ve Struggled With Self Care.’ I’ve thought about self care and why, for the Christ follower, it isn’t selfish (if it’s done for the right reason and in the right way). The conclusion that I’ve come to is that it’s all about my motive. If I’m just shutting people out and not doing things and always focusing on myself and whatever I want at the moment, that borders on being selfish for me. However, if you only have so much energy, and you want to help others; you won’t be able to do that on an empty cup.
Mark 6:31 was a verse that I found this morning when I was thinking about Jesus Christ took time out of His ministry on earth to the broken and sick and sin-sick people to go rest and find communion and delight in His Father.
‘Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.’ (Mark 6:30-32)
Jesus was perfect and is perfect, but He got tired too. He got weary, and He needed rest. He even encouraged His disciples to come rest with Him.
So I’ve concluded that it’s okay and necessary to practice self-care, to go fill my cup deeply from drinking of the fountain of God’s love and truth, and meditating on Him, communing with Him in prayer, enjoying Him in the good gifts He gives, and resting in Him.
One of the moms and sisters in Christ that has modeled this for me has been Sarah from Creating Better Tomorrow. Sarah is a busy mom. She loves to serve others; she is constantly encouraging others in their faith and caring for their bodies, minds, and souls. Yet, I noticed one thing about Sarah:
1. Sarah knew how to say, ‘No’ and how to set aside time each week to refill her cup, so she could love on her two adorable twin boys and her husband and give to the girls that she coaches throughout the week.
And let me tell you. Sarah vibrates with the joy of the Lord. Her joy is palpable on her Facebook posts, her videos, talking to her on the phone, even her posts about her struggles with an eating disorder, and overcoming anxiety.
I felt a great sense of gratefulness being able to talk to Sarah and get her wisdom on this topic, because it’s not something I’m good at (at all). It was pretty fun getting different ideas from her and hearing about how she even found a job that is more relaxing and joy-filling than draining.
We talked about:
Simple Ways to Do Self Care
Why Self Care Isn’t Selfish
Why Saying ‘No’ Can Be Loving ..
I know that this is something that those with eating disorders often struggle with, not feeling like you have the right or the gift of being able to take care of yourself. But I like to think of it like this. God made me and God takes delight in LIFE, not beating my body up or neglecting it. The more I am mindful of caring for my body as a redeemed child of the Living God, the more I can rejoice in and wonder at the new LIFE He has given and the eternal life that is yet to come with Him. It isn’t selfish to care for my body, mind, and soul if I’m doing it for the One who made me.
‘Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Mea] are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may haveit more abundantly.’ (John 10:7-10)
. . . I pray that God is glorified in this podcast and that you find it to be full of good ideas and encouragement for you in your journey.
Why Self Care Isn’t Selfish and Why It’s Important Podcast With Sarah
Some of My Favorite Self Care Ideas
Spending Time with your Dogs
Watching A Movie
Listening to Scripture
Going on A Walk
Linking up with Amanda to think out loud about self-care! Check out all the other bloggers and their ‘Thinking out Loud’ posts today!
Why is self care not selfish?
How have you found ways to refill the cup so you can love others and love God?
What are some of your favorite self care ideas?