If you spend any time on social media at all, you’ve seen them . . . all the ads about diet plans, exercise plans, nutritional supplements, etc, etc, etc. We are a people obsessed with getting healthier and we should be. We need to take care of ourselves for many reasons. I, for one, want to grow old with my husband. I want to be around to watch my grandchildren grow up (if I ever have any). In fact, I don’t want to just be around, I want to do life with them. I want to be healthy enough to play with them, cheer at their games, and attend their concerts and recitals. I want to take care of myself so that I will feel better and think more clearly. I want to be at my best so that my health does not hinder me from responding to God’s call. God wants us to take care of ourselves. What does God say about self care? Today’s post is a guest post by Paige at Dayspring Cards and Gifts. Paige explains to us what God says about self-care.
What God Says About Self Care
by Paige at Dayspring Cards and Gifts
As Christians, we often talk about self-sacrifice – becoming more loving, more giving, more helpful, more faithful. But we often forget how important it is to take care of ourselves too. After all, when someone needs help, God values our “yes” much more than our “no,” right? Lets look to Scripture for a better understanding of self-care:
Why does it matter?
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38 NIV
When we give someone a gift, we pick out something special that will truly bless them – not something that’s broken or faded or used. When Jesus calls us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, He’s calling us to offer our very selves as a gift to our Creator. He’s not suggesting, Do a whole bunch of things for God; He’s saying, Offer your whole self — that’s the greatest gift you can give! We do that by offering the very best of ourselves – and that means taking care of us. Holley Gerth says, “Part of loving well is resting well.” When we regularly nourish our hearts, souls and minds, we have more love to share.
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