Are you uber sure your self-care plan is complete? Do you only include care for your body? Or do you include care for your mind too? How about your emotions? And your spirituality?
Most of us (not just me, I hope?) would agree that we have never, ever considered bringing our spirituality into our daily self-care and are probably providing complete self-care.
But, scripture says we should!
There are three reasons why we should follow God’s Self-Care Plan (and they’re probably not what you think)!
Did you know that God provides a self-care plan for us to use in scripture? (I didn’t know until recently.)
Although His how-to plan is pretty basic, it has razor sharp precision and is amazingly beneficial. Also, it shows the connection between spirituality, self-care, and wellness.
God’s word explains why His plan works; the WHY and HOW is the basis of His design.
And, He even teaches that we should worship Him through our self-care.
Presenting your body as a living sacrifice is considered holy, and acceptable to God, which is spiritual worship. (See Romans 12:1). In return, our Father promises blessings related to wellness, which positively affects our spiritual, physical, and mental or emotional outcomes.
God’s self-care plan frees us from the stress of worldly expectations, pressures and the unnecessary busywork we’ve been conditioned to think we need to do to take care of ourselves.
Reflect on this. Who knows you better than anyone here on earth? Yes, your Creator!
God uniquely designed each of us.
Not all of us are going to fit into the 70 kg man (or 50 kg woman) driven, cookie cutter modeled, one-size-fits-all self-care plans. (See Romans 12:2)
As Christians, our charge is to provide care to ourselves to be a living Holy Temple, not a TV or magazine model. When our priorities are different; our outcomes are different and more beneficial to us!
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells us, “…, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (NLT).
If you are like me, you’ve heard this verse many times. And, like me, you feel His call for service (specifically knowing what you should be doing) and may even feel it with urgency. Yes, we feel called TO DO.
But, are we doing it? Or, are we doing everything we can? If we’re not, especially if we know what we should be doing, what’s stopping us?
I think scripture tells us that our self-care can stop us. Our self-care should position us, so we are prepared to start doing. For example, we could ask:
The above questions may seem strange, but they lead to one of the most powerful reasons (but most surprisingly to me): that His self-care instructions prepare and strengthen our bodies to complete the Christian mission.
The TRUTH is, our self-care directly impacts how prepared we are, whether we stay on track and our capability to complete The Great Commission.
So much so that learning how to live out our spirituality through our self-care is pivotal to our:
The ‘world’ does not consider how spirituality impacts self-care. This issue works against us and takes us off of our mission. We can stay on mission and impact The Lord’s Kingdom by becoming:
Committing to taking care of ourselves using God’s self-care plan provides surprising outcomes. It serves as a form of worship to God, it provides wellness with a respite from the worldly pressures to be at a particular level of health, and it equips us to grow the Lord’s Kingdom.
I pray that these words help us keep our hearts, bodies, and minds focused on God’s plan and that we yearn to be mission ready, on track, and capable of the honor and love for Christ.
What have you done lately to comply with the Great Commission? Where do you need to improve your self-care? What is stopping you? Hit reply and tell me, I want to know!