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Self-Care to Care

Friday, October 16, 2020

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Exodus 20:9-10 – “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work…”

The number seven has great significance in the Bible. It is equated with the idea of fullness or completeness. For us to be operating at our full capacity and complete the tasks that God has given us we must take a sabbath rest from our labors each week. When we are run down and depleted physically, emotionally, and spiritually we cannot live in God honoring ways.

There is a lot of talk around time management, but not many people talk about energy management. You can manage your time well and still not be able to give your best because you are spending your time on the wrong things that deplete your energy. Jesus says, ‘come to Me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest’ – Matthew 11:28.

Is Jesus dictating your priorities? Why do you do what you do? Is it possible that you’re feeling depleted, irritable, and unproductive because you’re not following His rhythms for your life?

Let me remind you today that Jesus is not first calling us into service, He is first calling us unto Himself. Are you taking a day off each week to nap, play, and pray? Jesus came that we might have life and life more abundantly to the glory of His name.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to make your rule and your priorities the focus of my life. Help me to trust in you enough to take a day of rest each week to play more, pray more, and reorient my thoughts around you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.