Are you taking care of yourself?
Last night, I stood in front of the iPhone cases at Target for over an hour. We’re upgrading our phones at a buy-one-get-one price through AT&T. It’s been 30 months. I’ve cracked screens before and I’ve vowed never to let it happen again.
So… I spent an hour in front of those cases. Picking them up. Looking at them. Asking the Target electronics ‘expert’. I read reviews on Google. I read reviews on Amazon. I texted friends for their opinions.
I bought two, went home, and scrolled through Amazon in bed and ordered a couple more to test.
We’ll take back what we don’t need.
Crazy how much time I put into picking out protection for my phone.
Crazier still is how little thought many of us spend in figuring out how to take care of ourselves.
We go out of our way to protect stuff that we’ll replace in a year or three but don’t intentionally decide what it means to take care of ourselves: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
You’ll have you with you for as long as you’ll be with you yet you (and I) take care of you with less intensity than you take care of something you’ll get tired of in 6 months. (repeat that 12 times)
- Is our problem that we don’t cherish ourselves as much as we cherish our phones or other things?
- Is our problem that we just assume that our own health will sort of take care of itself?
- Is our problem that we just assume that we are how we are and there’s no sense in trying to improve in any way?
- Is our problem that we don’t know where to start and haven’t taken a moment to sit down and make intentional decisions about what it means to tend to our own health?
Your first priority is yourself.
Before you get hot and bothered by that, hear me out.
I’m not saying that I am the most important person in the universe. I am saying that if I don’t tend to my own health, no one else will. Over time, my usefulness to others and ability to enrich their lives will deteriorate.
To care about others requires that we first care about ourselves and are violently passionate about doing what it takes to make ourselves as healthy in all areas as possible.
You must identify your own health as a priority – a sustaining priority – that you give real, meaty time to each week.
It’s imperative that you figure out where you’re struggling.
- Is it your physical health?
- Is it your mental health?
- Is it your spiritual health?
From there, implement habits and appointments with yourself (or others if needed) each week that honors this top priority. If you need help identifying what habits you might need, feel free to drop me an email. I can at least give you a list to choose from.
I urge you to take time away from others. Schedule time for yourself: read Scripture, pray, sleep a bit more, exercise, go see a therapist. Even if you have to sacrifice financially or hurt someone’s feelings. Put your own dang self on your own calendar and move yourself up your priority list.
You are much more precious than an iPhone.
Take care of yourself. You’re worth it and those around you depend on it.