Some of these I wrote down so long ago that I have absolutely NO IDEA who wrote them!
‘I will not abandon myself. I won’t lose faith in my ability to take care of myself.” Probably from an ACoA cpage a day calendar?
“Consistent self-care is NOT selfish. Consistent self-care is self-preserving.”
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV 2011) reads:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
What if we actually intend to live this verse? I have been trying, not always successfully, to do just that. A living sacrifice. In the Old Testament there are prescribed sacrifices for many conditions using many different products. In the New Testament Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. But what about ourselves as living sacrifices? The Old Testament animal sacrifices were killed and offered on altars of fire. We on the other hand are asked to die to ourselves, or wishes and desires – our very bodies and minds offered as holy and pleasing to God. I think it is somewhat amazing that He finds us acceptable!
I love nonconformists! Just look at this sunflower example!
We are not to conform to this world, be it political views or hours of on-line socializing or glued to a television screen, but to be transformed by renewing our mind through His Word, through prayer and interacting with the Holy Spirit. Renewing our minds by being transformed then leads us to the ability to test and approve God’s will, “His good, pleasing and perfect will.” That is radical!
So I present myself each morning as that very sort of sacrifice. I ask for help to be transformed by His power. I ask for open eyes to see His good will, that pleasing and perfect will for each hour of today. I ask for power to be obedient to the Trinity.
I ask for the power to care for myself in ways that are healthy and pleasing to Him. Left to myself there would not be healthy self-care for Molly Lin. I will not lose faith in my ability to take care of myself because I have One greater than me guiding and directing that care. In my family of origin we were often accused of being selfish. But I have learned that consistent self-care is NOT selfish. If I need a retreat, I am learning to ask for that time away. If I need to see a particular medical expert, I talk with Bob and schedule an appointment.
And in case I forget what my goals are, I turn on a battery operated votive candle in the morning that might catch my attention and return me to my #1 goal of pleasing God! Sometimes I see that candle at bedtime and it reminds me to review my day and see where I can improve in my efforts tomorrow.
How about you?