The term “self-care” has gained significant attention lately. Amid rising levels of anxiety and depression, it’s become a focal point. But what does self-care mean, especially from a spiritual standpoint?
The Fluid Nature of Self-Care
Firstly, it’s crucial to understand that self-care isn’t one-size-fits-all. When I counsel people, I don’t ask, “How do you care for yourself?” Instead, I inquire, “What fills your tank?” Essentially, that’s what self-care is all about.
The Biblical Perspective: Jesus and Self-Care
Let’s consider the story of Jesus and the disciples in a boat during a storm. Jesus chooses to sleep. Why? He needed rest. He needed to recharge. This story teaches us that even Jesus took time for self-care.
The Importance of Sabbath
God instructs us to honor the Sabbath. Jesus also reminds us that the Sabbath was made for man. So, taking time off is not just a good idea; it’s a divine command.
My Personal Approach to Self-Care
For me, self-care involves daily activities that rejuvenate me. Sometimes it’s a short meditation session. Other times, it’s a coffee date with a friend or a motorcycle ride. The key is to do something that fills my tank.
The Dual Aspect: Me and We
It’s vital to remember that sometimes we are the tank that needs filling, and at other times, we help fill someone else’s tank. It’s a balance between “me” and “we.”
Nourishing the Spirit and Soul
We possess both a spirit and a soul. The soul connects us to God, while the spirit links us to others. Both need nourishment. Therefore, taking care of both aspects makes us fully alive in Christ.
Prayer as the Ultimate Self-Care
Lastly, let’s not forget the power of prayer. It’s perhaps the best form of self-care for a disciple of Jesus. It nourishes both the spirit and the soul, keeping us aligned with God’s will.
Today, engage in some form of self-care. Thank God for the things that fill your tank and ask for His guidance in filling the tanks of others. Remember, “Cast your cares on Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).