As you enter this new year in fast forward, anxious to take steps in the right direction to achieve goals, remember to allow time for refreshment and purge the toxins from your life!
Sometimes we get so caught up in doing everything that needs to be done, we don’t ask for help when we truly could use some! We need to learn to take time to refresh ourselves and meet our own needs so we don’t burn out and become physically or emotionally fatigued.
Other times, we might need to remove toxins — not just obvious physical toxins from our bodies and our environment–but those toxic influences that are not good for our overall health and well-being.
Onto the inspiration especially suitable as we forge ahead into this new year of 2017!
“Many people burn out because they don’t take time to refresh themselves. We feel such a need to give and do for others that we ignore our own needs or, worse, we feel guilty for even thinking about ourselves.
We need to be ministered to spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Each one of these areas is important to God; He made them, and He is interested in the well-being of all of them, including our physical and emotional needs.
You are worth being cared for and don’t ever forget it. You have value, and you should make an investment in yourself.
Pray: ‘Lord, I believe that every aspect of my life is important to You, including how I care for myself. Help me to not think of myself too highly OR too lowly. Help me to be balanced. Amen.’”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
This one speaks to me, because I know I tend to be the caregiver to others, and ignore my own needs. I think that’s why I often end up sick and/or exhausted. It’s all about balance!
Ironically, this ties into criticism and correction you might encounter from those who question how you dare to think about doing something just for yourself–but you don’t need that negativity in your life when you’re merely trying to take care of yourself. Sometimes it’s healthier to walk away and remove those negative people, and their toxic input, from your life.
Others might try to offer correction (like my husband does to me!) about not trying to do everything for everyone, and instead getting enough rest and letting some things go.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
What do you think about meeting your OWN needs?
Do you think that’s selfish or is it necessary, as long as it’s done in a balanced way?