Last week, I got a massage. That’s right, I engaged in self care. This shouldn’t be newsworthy, but believe it or not, there is a subset of Christians that think self care is evil. I suppose because it contains the word “self”? I’m not really sure.
But let’s be realistic. If we don’t take care of ourselves physically, spiritually, and emotionally, how can we possibly expect to serve our Lord well? For me, a massage has visible, tangible, physical health benefits. It’s actually something I wish I’d done a long time ago rather than living for literally years as too tense or exhausted to do anything more than my 8 to 5 day job. Maybe that’s not your thing, and that’s okay. But more and more I see the importance of ensuring that we take time out for ourselves everyday, even if it’s just 15 minutes. That’s not selfish, that’s wise.
It doesn’t have to cost money. Maybe it looks like a relaxing walk around your neighborhood either alone or with a friend or spouse. Maybe it looks like a brief conversation with a good friend who makes you laugh. Maybe it’s watching something on TV that makes you relax, laugh, and smile. Self care doesn’t have to be evil and it doesn’t have to be at the expense of anyone else. Without it, though, I fear we will all walk around as miserable, unhealthy, wrung-out wrecks. Sure, we may be able to play the martyr card: “Oh, I sacrifice everything for everybody else,” but in reality, we’re useful to no one, including God.
Just some food for thought as we head into this weekend. I’m sure many will disagree and that’s okay. Just don’t complain to me when your hair starts falling out from all the stress (yes, I’ve been there). And hey, maybe today’s self caring moment can be relaxing with your favorite drink (tea for me, please!) while you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- Hey, I used to live in this town! Such an interesting story!
- It’s important to know the difference.
- What is wrong with Washington?
- Also, this is apparently a thing.
- The basics are, well, basic.
- Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
- I like hymnals.
- New episodes land in one week!
- I never understood people who leave the toilet lid up. Common sense should tell you that’s a dumb idea.
- This is a needed article about the use of the phrase “false teacher.”
- An interesting take from a nonbeliever.
- Since I seem to be shamelessly plugging my own writing this week, here you go.
- This is such an encouraging message about the perseverance of the saints.
Whatever is laudable in our works proceeds from the grace of God.John Calvin