REFLECTION  (Day 5 of 7)
(Need to start at the beginning? Day 1)

I’ve spent a lifetime (mostly) trying to love and serve others. I’d periodically burn out.

(Jesus said) ” ‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Matthew 12:3-31 ESV

I thought there was something seriously wrong with me (well, really there is, I do have a sin nature – sigh), but really I was starving myself of what I needed relationally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I didn’t love myself very well and that hugely resulted in exhaustion, grumpiness, and no little self-disdain.

When I talk about self-care, I’m not talking about foo-foo psycho-babble. I’m talking about the sensible self-care of getting enough sleep, eating healthy food, getting some exercise, spending time with God and lovely people, doing something creative, looking for something meaningful to pursue, etc.

empty fuel gauge

Not taking care of yourself is putting you and your marriage at a disadvantage. You can’t live a good life always running on empty. You can’t love others well if you don’t take care of yourself.

What one or two small things can you do in the new year that will “fill you up” a bit? Ask your spouse the same question. See what you both can do to make that happen in your relationship.

 

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