Ever feel like you just need to come up for air? In the rat race of life it’s easy to forget the importance of O2. Oxygen, the life giving element that when deprived too long, can cause brain damage.
My life is full parenting, cooking, orchestrating calendars to sync for a family of six, meal planning, chore assigning, laundry juggling, and homework helping, just to name a few. Then there’s the other life of lesson planning, paper grading, professional development, certification updating, character training, teaching math, studying history and dissecting Bible lessons. Least I forget mentoring ladies, Bible teaching, speaking, worshiping, and blogging.
It’s challenging remembering to take care of ME. In the 80s a popular acronym in youth discipleship was “JOY= Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last.” For years, it has seemed normal to put myself last. I think that’s fairly common for mothers to spend so much time taking care of the family’s needs that we forget to take care of ourselves, or feeling guilty if we do.
On airplanes, we are told in case of an emergency, “Put the oxygen mask on before helping small children.” Think about it! When we fail to take care of ourselves, we are in a sense, depriving others of life giving oxygen–not to mention what damage takes place to our own bodies.
Even Jesus stepped away and got alone to be with the Father. So, take a walk, sit alone on the porch, take a nap or spend some time in prayer.