Applying faith in self-care goals avoids stress. Our bodies are not maintenance free and taking care of it to feel better, improve health, and reduce stress can be, well, stressful!
I’m sure that statement wasn’t a surprise to you at all. The thing is, most of us view our upkeep to be quite an arduous work. I know I do.
And, without intentional efforts towards our self-care, it is always tempting to choose the path of least resistance. That is why I want you to know that applying faith in self-care goals avoids stress. In fact, you can use your faith to strengthen your self-care.
Applying Faith in Self-care Goals Avoids Stress and Consequences
In our worldly thinking (which is usually Monday – Saturday) we want to look for the simple, quick, convenient, inexpensive and could it also be a delicious tasting choice for self-care.
Then we feel like we need to look for the ‘more sophisticated’ solutions to help us to change our lifestyles. Often because of our fleshly desires, misaligned priorities, or a too-busy schedule, we get lured into more worldly labyrinths of self-care stress and distraction.
And, even more importantly, it takes us away from our faith.
When we are focused on ourselves, we miss:
- God’s promptings
- Opportunities for God to equip us for larger tasks
- God’s wisdom
- The blessings that are around us
These are BIG things to miss! All of these interfere with Kingdom Growth because it puts our focus on ourselves and not the Lord.
We not only find joy when we focus on the Lord, but we make things more stressful on ourselves when we try to do things our way or in our strength.
One of my favorite authors, Priscilla Shirer, writes what I found as a shocking truth in her book The Armor of God. Her words nearly knocked me over when I read, “One of the most cunning tricks of the enemy is to get us to sink our energy into changing [ourselves] instead of focusing it on cultivating health and wellness in Christ.”
I think this is true. I’ve lived that way, and it creates a LOT of stress!
Although Christians are typically not intentional in applying our faith in self-care goals, the distractions towards worldly self-care efforts are deliberate efforts. This is no accident.
Applying Faith in Self-care Goals Avoids Stress and Brings Us Closer to God
Thankfully, God created our bodies with our physical, mental and emotional, and spiritual systems woven as one. He created us with this unique design so that we could apply our faith in our self-care and goals. When we do, we can overcome the struggles of taking care of ourselves here on earth.
Applying faith in our self-care goals avoids stress and also avoids and overcomes the worldly distraction of ‘quick or overnight changes.’ Two big topics we frequently read about in Scripture.
Changing how we approach our self-care and applying our faith in self-care goals allows us to know God in such a close and intimate way that all of our systems flourish and thrive. When we prosper, Kingdom growth thrives!
Applying Faith in Self-care Goals Avoids Stress and Brings Us Transformation
Where do you find yourself tempted to choose the path of least resistance related to your self-care?
What do you feel you are missing in each category when you take the path of least resistance for your related to your self-care:
- God’s promptings
- Opportunities for God’s equipping for larger tasks
- God’s wisdom
- The blessings that are around you
In closing, I want to challenge you to turn your energy and efforts away from the easy, quick, convenient, inexpensive and could it also be the oh-so-delicious tasting choices for self-care, and instead be intentional towards applying faith in self-care goals through quiet obedience for the glory of God. It is so worth it when you avoid stress and consequences, grow closer to God, and experience transformation!
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