Self-Care: Taking Care of You is Taking Care of Them
Self-care? But that’s selfish, right? I’m a mom and a wife. Time for me. Not a chance.
Taking care of you is taking care of them.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple?” (I Corinthians 6:19) It’s straight from scripture. Our bodies, yes the body you’re living in whether you’re happy with it or not, IS a temple.
The first question is “have you asked Christ to take up residence there?” This is the most important decision you will ever make. It is your number one priority in life.
But then after that, we must care for this temple. We must be a good steward of what we’ve been given. We must keep it clean and in good working condition. How do we do that? We must care for it.
Your body, my friends, needs time and attention. It needs to be cared for. If we neglect to keep ourselves healthy, both inside and out, we’ll not be any good for those who need us.
But isn’t it selfish to care for ourselves? Aren’t we supposed to serve others and put others before ourselves?
Yes, we are called to serve. But we can’t do that if we’re not healthy. We can’t keep up with the kiddos if we’re filling our bodies with fast food. Our marriage will suffer if we can’t be present in a conversation with our husbands because we’re going on 4 hours of sleep. We can’t enjoy our friendships if we’re constantly comparing ourselves with those same people.
No matter the season of your life, you must find time for self-care so that you can be what you need to be to the people who need you.
How do we do this thing you call self-care?
Some days it may only be 10 minutes. Find a place to get quiet and alone and just breathe. Read a scripture. Say a prayer. Play music. Drink a cup of hot tea. Stretch. Walk.
I strongly urge you to try for 20-30 minutes most days of the week. It’s not selfish. It’s self-care. And when you’re taking care of yourself, you’re taking care of them.
If you lived in a mansion, would you let people dump their trash there? I’m assuming you wouldn’t. Then let’s not put trash into our bodies.
If you owned a mansion, would you let it just set and not live in it? I’m assuming you would want to live in it. Then let’s LIVE in these bodies we have. Let’s move them and use them.
If you lived in a mansion, would you be grateful for it? I’m assuming you would be happy to live in a mansion. I know I would! Then let’s be grateful for these bodies we’ve been given that have birthed our children and can satisfy our husbands and be a shoulder for our friend to cry on.
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Just as you would care for a mansion, care for your body.
You, dear sister, are priceless.
You, my friend, are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Sweet girl, you are beautiful.
You, my dear, are worth the time.
To fill the role that you have been called to, whatever that is…and I imagine you have multiple roles to fill…you must take care of yourself.