May 24, 2014

Time for Yourself

I have been burning the candles at both ends so to speak, with traveling and working and meetings and social events.  I recently came down with a terrible cold that put me in the bed for almost a week and I know a part of that was because I wasn’t taking time for myself.  One thing you don’t want to do is get burned out on a friend or committee or even ministry.  So, I’ve taken the months of June and July “off”.  Actually it has started now, at the end of May.  I’m going to try to take a mental, emotional, physical and "spiritual" break.  

I took a friend out shopping with me today 

because they said they were feeling a little down; just to get them out of the house.  Because I really wanted to be by myself for the weekend I started to get a little irritated.  What a sweet and kind person, someone who didn’t deserve to be the recipient of my irritability.  Sometimes you can feel that frustration and irritability welling up inside and those are the times to use wisdom and step away.  Jesus got away often to pray and spend time with His Father.  Well, we should take a clue from this that sometimes we need refreshing and if not, we can become Unglued.  We all need to take time for ourselves.  

Church near the lake

I’ve spoken about this in sermons and in other writings, but it’s important to share once again.  Balance is so important.  Balance is something we need on a regular basis to keep ourselves in check and keep our surroundings in check.  Whether it's staying on the couch on a Saturday watching old movies, or taking a walk in the park, not answering e-mails or letting your voicemail pick up, it’s important to stay balanced. It’s also important because you can’t be in a good place for ministry if you’re strained in other areas of your life.  It’s okay to be selfish sometimes, it’s called Self Care.  

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