“Self” Care – The Least Selfish Way?

What if caring well for your Self is the LEAST selfish choice you can make?

I’ve been grappling with and meditating on this for some time now. 

In “A Living Sacrifice:  Biblical Principles for  Self Care” classes, I walk with and support some amazingly generous people who are struggling to live well.   So far, they’ve all been clergy or lay leaders of churches, activists and/or health care workers. Together, we are plumbing the riches of Romans 12 as a portal to themes that undergird THE BIBLICAL MOTIVATION for “self” care. 

We’re reminded by Romans 12:1,2 (with a glance to the rest of the chapter) that presenting our bodies “a living sacrifice” is a call to worship.  As Jeanette says, there is a calling to life (not death) here.  We are called to a living, sustainable, vibrant offering… not to be consumed up or spent.  Not to drag our tired carcasses to an altar of death.  We’re reminded by Paul’s call in this chapter that a path of “living sacrifice” is not about an insulated or isolated life — a “Day Spa for One”.  No, disciples are called to generous, engaged, humble, courageous, hospitable, partnerships with others.  And so we glimpse that the purpose of a biblical “self” care, is to nurture who we are and how we are with others.  More on that later, and on Romans, later.

Much wisdom lies in other Biblical patterns and mandates…

SABBATH & SEASONS

FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT & LIVING AS MUTUAL MEMBERS OF THE BODY

DISCERNMENT & THE SPACE IT REQUIRES

A CALL TO BE TRANSFORMED RATHER THAN TO CONFORM

Again and again, we come back to The Message’s paraphrase of Romans 12:9a: Love from the Center of Who You Are.  The journey to really experience this, to be centered in it, to cultivate it… this is truly a GRACED call to Biblical “self” care.

Does this conversation call to you?  Are you ready for fresh ideas and achievable shifts in your care of “self”?

Watch here for the November 2011 teleclass schedule. It will be an honor to support your next steps in living well.

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