1. True Self-Care Is about Redemption, Not Selfish Distraction
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Before we can get to what true self-care is, we need to understand what self-care isn't. The secular world’s view of self-care is void of God. It’s easy to get drawn in because it promotes self-care as an encouragement to women to take care of their health, their minds, to laugh, and be present. These are all good things. Healthy things that everyone should do.
But the further down the rabbit hole we go, the more void it is of God. If your meditation, “mommy juice,” or riveting tv shows are more about diversion from a stressor, rather than stewardship of your soul, than they are not true self-care. They're just another distraction.
The care you really need isn’t buried deep inside of yourself awaiting to be unlocked by diversions or delicacies. You need the soul healing care of God for an abundantly filled life through his love, grace, forgiveness, and redemption of your mind, body, and soul on a daily basis. Here are four things you need to know about self-care and why it matters.
Why It Matters
So what does the Bible say about self-care? While it doesn’t directly address self-care it does offer guidance for understanding the role our physical and mental health.
Beginning in the Old Testament God has provided instruction for the care of our bodies and minds. God values and commands rest (Exodus 34:21; Hebrews 4:3-4) and care for our physical bodies (Exodus 22:26-27).
Jesus himself prioritized rest!
After teaching and facing large crowds, Jesus “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed,” (Luke 5:16). He cared that his disciples “had no leisure even to eat” and instructed them to “rest a while” (Mark 6:31).
Jesus valued rest, he valued relationships, he valued prayer and these are the things we need to value as well.
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