Many believe it is selfish to take time for yourself. Note, however, that Jesus “sent the crowd away” (Matthew 15: 39). He got into the boat and went off to be alone. Why might he have done that when there were so many who needed him? The simple answer is that Jesus needed time to reflect, pray and be alone with the Father. If He needed time to be alone, how much more do we need the same? Take time today to read, pray, reflect and consider your life. 

Dr. David Hawkins is the director of the Marriage Recover Center where he counsels couples in distress. He is the author of over 30 books, including Dealing With the CrazyMakers in Your Life90 Days to a Fantastic Marriage, and When Pleasing Others is Hurting You. Dr. Hawkins grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and lives with his wife on the South Puget Sound where he enjoys sailing, biking, and skiing. He has active practices in two Washington cities. You can also find Dr. Hawkins on Facebook and TwitterDr. Hawkins offers a free, 20 minute consultation, with requests sent to his email address at Also, remember his guarantee at The Marriage Recovery Center: 3 Days To A New Marriage, Guaranteed! He is also excited to continue offering his special eBook, A Love Life of Your Dreams free for you to download.