9. God Gave Us Other People to Live in Community
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In the beginning, God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” (Genesis 2:18). From the very first person, God intended for mankind not to be alone.
Note that God wanted a helper for Adam. We are to help one another. If you find yourself giving, sacrificing, and working without rest, God gave us community to be able to find help. In trying times, it’s okay to seek out help, whether emotional, spiritual, or physical support.
God didn’t design us for laziness and self-indulgence.
Though the Bible gives many practical examples of self-care, this doesn’t mean that we should expect life handed to us or neglect to care for others.
Mottos like “treat yourself” and “you deserve it” can lead to self-indulgence and selfishness.
Instead, think of self-care as stewardship. We have been given our bodies, minds, and souls to glorify God. In order to do so well, we need to see to their upkeep, so they stay running in tip-top shape, like a car that needs regular oil changes and new air in the tires.
Self-care isn’t just about relaxing, just about sleep, or just about tending to our physical bodies, either.
Self-care involves tending to our spiritual needs through time alone with God, praying and in the Word.
It involves tending to our emotional needs through finding ways to decrease stress, enjoy simple pleasures, and talk out our feelings if needed.
Caring for ourselves includes recharging mentally, or alternatively, challenging our brains to keep them sharp.
Finally, caring for ourselves does include our physical wellbeing, including sleep, exercise, healthy eating, hydration, and hygiene.
Our bodies, minds, and souls are a gift. When we steward them well, treating them with respect and using them in a way that honors God, we bring glory to our Heavenly Father.
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