My child, I do not have any words of rebuke for you:
because you are harder on yourself than I would ever be.
I love you.
My commandments are easy and light.
Learn to love and take care of yourself.
Know your needs and understand your limitations.
You cannot successfully minister to others
if you and your family
do not have your needs met.
Being brought up in a missionary family and seeing our parents care for so many people and needs, sometimes causes me to work longer hours than necessary. Perhaps it is also part of the Protestant work ethic. We don’t seem to know how to relax. And yet I know from personal experience that taking time off results in a better quality of help to those who come to see me. I am very glad we were taught to honor Sunday as a day of rest.
One pastor used the scripture Jesus said in Mark 12:30, 31 (NIV) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” He said if we would learn to love and take care of ourselves we would show our neighbor a healthier and wholesome love.
Loving oneself does not mean spoiling!! It means seeing you get eight hours of sleep, eat three nutritious meals a day preferably with family members, take personal time with God, exercise and pursue some vocation or hobby. I know many people who get ‘burned out’ because they neglect to take care of their body, mind and family.