In our pursuit of self-care, we have forgotten the ultimate act of self-care: time in His presence.
This year, there has been plenty of talk about self-care. We are encouraged to take long baths, incorporate retail therapy, meditate, or read a book. We are taught to step back and take care of ourselves first, so we can take care of others. Yet, we are only pushed toward things that provide a very temporary form of relief. These things are fine in and of themselves, but believing that they are the answer is similar to slapping a bandaid on a wound.
Self-care is important but will only do so much when we have forgotten the ultimate act of self-care. There is a God who has come to give us “life abundant,” who asks us to “cast all our cares on Him, for He cares for us.” There is a God who desires to give us “peace that passes understanding,” far more powerful than any soak in a tub. Meditating cannot compare to meditating on His Word and His promises. There is a God who wants to renew your mind and transform your heart, so you can then impact the world.
My prayer is that as believers we would be quicker to go to the Word than to our Netflix accounts. Preaching to myself right here…
I pray that we would turn on our worship music and lift up our voices to Him when all we want to do is drown out the worries of this world.
Satan has taken self-care, a good thing, and has distorted it, to direct our focus away from the only One who can give us lasting peace.
I pray that the next time that we feel anxious or overwhelmed, that we would remember Who and What to turn to for the ultimate act of self-care.