Posts Tagged ‘taking care of yourself’

A Really Good Reason to Take Care or Yourself

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Today I want to tell you how I think a verse from the New Testament applies to those of us with chronic illnesses. But before I do, let me say that it’s my intention that what I write about that verse is helpful to you whether or not you’re a Christian.

The verse is Matthew Chapter 25, verse 40. In the verses before that one, Jesus is talking to people who have fed the hungry, given water to the thirsty, and have visited the sick and those in prison. In verse 40 he tells them, “Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”

What he is saying is that taking care of those in need, i.e., those who are going through hard times, is more than a good deed – it’s a sacred act.

I couldn’t agree more.

But I also think it applies to us. So I think taking care of ourselves when we’re going through hard times is just as much of a sacred act as is taking care of others when they’re in need.

If you disagree, I would really appreciate it if you would leave a comment explaining why. But if what I’ve said makes sense to you, then you have a really good reason to take care of yourself when you have aren’t feeling well – so please do!

On the other hand, if you don’t agree with what I’ve written, please leave a comment telling me why and I will respond to it.

Do You Think You Should Take Good Care of Yourself So You Can Take Better Care of Others?

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Have you ever said or thought that you want to take better care of yourself so you can take better care of your family and other people you love? There have been many times when I’ve heard my clients and others with chronic illnesses say that, which is not surprising, because it’s become somewhat of an axiom in our culture. Well known life coach and author Cheryl Richardson states that “By taking care of ourselves, we can better care for those around us.”

My concern with the whole idea of taking care of ourselves so we can take care of others is that it implies that we need a justification for taking care of ourselves. We don’t. As a human being, you deserve the best care you can give yourself. You are no less deserving of that care if you don’t turn around and take care of or do good things for others.

Now don’t get me wrong. I think serving and doing good things for others is a good thing. It helps them and we feel better when we do. But when it comes to taking good care of ourselves, we don’t need any justification for doing that.

So please take very good care of yourself. You deserve it.