Self Care

January 27, 2013

Today’s Reflection

IN CARING FOR OTHERS we use up a great deal of physical and mental energy. If we do not replenish these limited resources, we run the risk of compassion fatigue. We cannot fulfill our God-given callings to be compassionate human beings in bodies that are constantly neglected and overextended. How we feed, exercise, relax, listen to, and nourish our boides are matters relevant to faithful discipleship. As Francis of Assis lay dying, someone asked if he would have changed anything in his ministry. Significantly he responded, “I would have been more kind to my body.”

- Trevor Hudson
A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion

From pages 88-89 of A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2005 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Do you regularly pay attention to your own needs? How? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19, NRSV

This Week: pray for those those without adequate food and water. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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robert moeller January 27, 2013 at 4:55 am

I think I do okay with taking care of me, there are regular dental and medical checkups, very thankful that those are possible. I could eat a little better possibly, more exercise would be good. Sometimes exercise isn’t so possible while I’m caring for Mom but thankfully I have other times when I can be active.

Lord, help us always to be mindful of the needs of others and to do something about their needs. I pray for food and water for those in need and help feed the hungry with activities I do.

Thank you for a great day yesterday, I was able to help someone who has helped me a great deal and had a great time at the train show. I had a safe journey there and back and enjoyed a wonderful meal with friends I have met through model trains. Very glad to be home and be able to go to church today.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Father God, I lift up those without adequate food and water to you. May you lead them to places where there is adequate food and water. May their basic needs be provided for.

Thank you for blessing us with adequate food and water.

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