After we have worked, parented, socialized and done everything we need to do in life, we have to take some time and breath. We need to take some essential time to take care of ourselves. After we have done what must be done, we then must take some time to make adjustments in our lives to ensure that what must be done is done.
Self-Care is frequently talked about because mental health is a key part of our lives. There are many versions of what must be done when it comes to self-care. However, some self-care techniques could be contradictory to what we stand for in our faith. I am therefore introducing to us what I am referring to us self-care God’s way.
Observe the Sabbath day and keep it holy. As human beings, we have a tendency to keep working. We want to ensure everything is ok: so we are always fixing things. We have a job going on, we have this side hustle to keep us busy during the weekends, we need to take care of our families, we have a social life that we need to keep going and worse off we have our smartphones which make us feel we are doing something when we are not.
Rest is a command from God. He completed his work of creating the universe in six days and on the seventh day he rested. The law of rest is a command. It is not a request, it is not a suggestion; it is a command.
Observe the Sabbath day and keep it holy is one of the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20. We tend to keep all other commandments cautiously but this one. We tend to be aware where we lack in the nine commandments. We equate sleep to rest yet sleep is only a small part in our rest.
We want to till the land and feel busy by supervising the crops as they grow. Rest is a sign of surrender. Rest is a sign of surrender. Watching the crops grow means you do not want to leave it to God. You want to continuously be in the farm – taking charge. The rest is as good as your work. Rest as it is God’s gift. Exodus 20:8-11, Exodus 35:1—3
As often as possible Jesus withdrew to quiet places for prayer. Luke 5:16.
Severally in the scriptures, we see that Jesus often took some time to pray just by himself. This is after he had taught crowds as many would come to Him for healing. Crowds would gather around Him and He would teach them. After he had done the work of the father, He would retreat to spend time with the father and be refreshed.
Take time each day to talk to God, to hear from him and to seek his refreshing. I have experienced this refreshing myself. Many times when I felt discouraged or had a long day and I spoke to God, I felt like there was something new happening within me.
- Nourish your Physical body
In your different workplaces, you probably have a lunch break right? But how many of us usually go for lunch. If we do we probably have carried it from home so we are working as we eat. That is not a lunch break. That is just eating to fill your stomach, to ensure you are not hanging. I am not against carrying food from home- NO. Push the laptop aside and eat your food. During that one hour or 30 minutes just take some time and eat.
In 1 Kings 19:3-9 we see the angel of the Lord telling Elijah to get up and eat because the journey he was about to undertake is too much.
Stop and eat before you continue with the journey. Failure to which you will collapse. Eat that you may be strengthened. But one may ask what the role of fasting is. Let us see the next point.
- Feed the Spirit
Fasting is the time that you starve the flesh and feed the spirit. During fasting, you spend time with God in prayer as you discipline your body. It is during that lunch break that you spend time to pray – time you would have spent eating. Remember fasting is not a hunger strike. Fasting helps us to gain a discipline of knowing what we want and what we need. We forego the food because we need to learn how to discipline ourselves in all circumstances.
- Avoid Toxic Abuse of Substances
The Bible tells us; do not be drank of wine but be filled with the Holy Spirit. My interpretation of this is that if you partake of wine, alcohol and other substances you are filling yourself with other spirits which are not holy.
Wine is a mocker and beer is a brawler whoever is led astray by them is not wise- Proverbs 20:1. If check the meaning of mocker and brawler you will not want to be associated with such. Use of drugs and alcohol leads to addiction therefore as much as you can – avoid.
- Forgive and Seek Forgiveness
It is easier to say that we forgive others than it is to actually do it. You have often had it said, we do not forgive to help the other person but mainly to help ourselves. We help ourselves work through hurt and pain by letting go. When we forgive we have joy and peace within us.