“Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” — Princess Diana
Self-care is described as knowing our needs and limitations to ensure we care for our physical, spiritually and mental well-being. Sometimes our mental well-being is at the bottom of our priority list, if listed at all. Even in the Old Testament in Exodus 34:21 people were instructed to rest.
If God chose to rest in Genesis 2:3, what is happening in our lives that is more pertinent that we cannot practice self-care? Jesus knew the importance of self-care (Luke 5:16, Mark 6:31, Matthew 14:23). Paul stated in Romans 12:1 to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God?” Can we be acceptable if we are too exhausted to worship?
We must care for the temple of the Holy Spirit. I recently took a three-day mini vacation to Montgomery, Alabama. Lord willing, I am getting a massage, facial, manicure and pedicure tomorrow. My mind and body finally get the importance of caring for me. Self-care is more than going to medical appointments. Will you commit to self-care and “me time?”