If you have flown on an airplane before you are familiar with the following words, “In case there is a sudden loss in cabin pressure…” At this time your attention is directed to the airplane attendant giving instructions on the use of the oxygen mask that will fall from the ceiling should such an event occur. The instructions say that if you are traveling with someone that needs your assistance, to please, place the mask on yourself before attempting to assist someone else.
It is okay for us to think of ourselves; were just told not to do it too much!
In Romans 12:3 (NIV) we read “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you” Much too often we forget to take care of ourselves and don’t take the time to refuel, and when we are asked to give, we simply do not have the energy or strength; sometimes when we need it most.
The late Stephen Covey in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” always advocated; take a break, decompress and re-sharpen the saw…you can cut wood much faster with a sharp saw. Simply put, we need time away from our daily work, time for rest and time to fuel ourselves. We also must remember not only our physical needs but our spiritual, mental and emotional needs as well.
Ask yourself, when is the last time I re-sharpened my saw? Are my spiritual, mental and emotional needs okay or do they need re-fueling?
Reflection – It is more blessed to give than receive, but if there is no refueling going on in our lives, there will be nothing to give.