For you created my inmost being;Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
It’s that time of year when we make all kinds of resolutions about looking after ourselves better. Exercise more! Floss regularly! Eat more fresh food! Spend more time in prayer and meditation! But after a few weeks (days?) of good intentions, too often these resolutions fall by the wayside, and old habits come back into play.
Why does this happen so easily? Shouldn’t it be natural to want to spend time on ourselves, improving our health and our habits? And yet it’s often easier to let the focus drift back to other things, other people — more important, higher priority tasks.
Sometimes even a sense of guilt might creep in when we carve aside time for ourselves. Maybe you feel like that hour spent working out at the gym was too selfish. Or maybe you feel like the quiet time you spend with God isn’t productive enough. It often feels like there’s no room left for such a thing as quiet time in today’s fast-paced, time-is-money society. And even from a more spiritual point of view, it can feel strangely selfish — I mean, shouldn’t we be spending that time focusing externally, not internally? Ministering to others, out in the world helping people?
Perhaps, though, there is something to be said for placing a higher value on our own well-being. After all, my own mind, body, and soul is a part of the greater creation. Looking after myself well is doing God’s work in the place where, indeed, I have the most impact and influence. If I’m going to do any good at all, then right here is the place to start.Looking after myself well is doing God's work in the place where I have the most impact and influence. Click To Tweet
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