“Self-care is never a selfish act-it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.” ~Parker Palmer
Taking care of yourself often seems like a guilty pleasure. In our fast-paced world, we fill every moment, and expend all of our energy, while wishing there were more hours in the day. We scrape the bottom of the barrel, trying to muster up more stamina and strength to just get through, only to rise and grind all over again. We have been indoctrinated that limitations are a sign of weakness, therefore we constantly strive to exceed the boundaries that we face, rather than embrace them…and it is bleeding us dry.
This is not the kind of abundant life Jesus had in mind when He said, “I have come so they may have life. I want them to have it in the fullest possible way.” (John 10:10 NIRV)
Perhaps it is time that we believe, live and lead radically different, by accepting the gift of our limits rather than running and hiding from them. Maybe it is time that we go against the grain and linger in relationships, get good rest, laugh more and do some things that we enjoy. Go for a walk…watch the sunset…dance to your favorite music…read a good book…observe what’s happening around you…rediscover the glory and splendor of this world. It will require saying no to some requests in order to say yes to caring for yourself…the one and only true gift you have to give this world. But as you do you will experience the peace, joy, power, and confidence that comes from trusting that God is enough.
“Limitations can be liberating when your strongest desire is living close to Me.” (From Jesus Calling)
How do you need to care for yourself today? What requests on your time and energy require a “no” in order for you to say “yes” to being your best self? What opportunity does God have for you as you accept the gift of limits?
Enjoy the gift of limits!