In The Event of an Emergency

Because I’ve heard it so often, I can rattle off the pre take-off spiel like a pro. “In the event of a decrease in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will drop down. Please secure your own mask first, and then aid those in need of assistance.” The FAA knows if you can’t breathe, you’ll be useless to others. If you’re fighting for oxygen, you’ll jeopardize your safety as well as the safety of those depending on you.

This got me thinking, what if I followed the same directive in my everyday life? What if I took care of me needs first, before assisting everyone else? How useful am I to my family, my church, my colleagues or my friends if I’m worn down and in a constant state of stress? I find that when I protect my time with Christ each day, get enough rest, am committed to exercise (although I loathe it!), eat well, and just take moments each day to exhale; I’m able to accomplish more, I’m more pleasant to be around and my outlook on life is much brighter.

Just like putting your oxygen mask on first goes against our nature to take care of other first, you see the wisdom in doing what seems unnatural. Well, why don’t you give “Taking care of self first” a try and let me know how it works out for you. You’re worth it! So go on; do You and then do unto others with more zest and zeal!

Bible Verse: “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Questions: What are some of the challenges that prevent you from taking care of yourself as you ought? What one way might you incorporate self-care into your daily routine? How might being a healthier, happier you help you better meet the needs of others?