It’s really easy for me to start running on autopilot. Life gets so busy that routine becomes comfortable and there’s just so much to do. During the holiday season, my lists get longer, my credit card gets swiped more often, and I have this idea that I want to spend every single second spreading holiday cheer. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is my absolute favorite. And everyone around me is just as busy trying to seize every spare moment of holiday fun.
But when I spin my wheels trying to make every moment count, I forget what brings my soul rest. It’s really easy for me to do so much for other people that I forget to take care of myself. Self-care gets tossed out the window in the name of holiday spirit!
This year, I’m trying to do better. I’m challenging myself to spend one day a week doing something for myself. To re-group. To recuperate. To pray and read and invest in myself. This week self care meant going to a coffee shop by myself. Two hours was all it took for me to feel refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of my week.
Whenever we become so busy doing, we forget to acknowledge the One who has already done the miraculous. Jesus came so we could stop striving. So we could rest in His presence, with the peace that He conquered death so we wouldn’t have to. And spinning our wheels on earth is useless when we have Heaven to look forward to. I think when we get so busy that we can’t see straight, we often forget to acknowledge God at all. Holidays become a lot more about what we can do instead of what was already done.
Neglecting our own souls is as disastrous as neglecting those we love.
I’m really not an expert at expressing self-love. Because for a long time I felt guilty for taking time for myself. I felt selfish. But after so many seasons of emptiness, I realized that self-care is as important as taking care of others. It might feel strange, but it’s so life giving and important.
Even Jesus enjoyed solitude (Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16, John 6:15). He recognized the importance of stepping away from the crowd, and communing with his heavenly father. If the supernatural King of the Universe practiced self-care, why do fail to?
I challenge you to do something that makes your heart happy this week. Go to a coffee shop and read. Make pumpkin muffins and don’t read the nutrition content-just enjoy them. Play your favorite Christmas song and dance in your kitchen. Do whatever makes you feel the most ALIVE and then enjoy the peace and freedom that you get in return. It’s worth it!