Friday, April 10, 2009
When a family member is ill, we find ourselves awake night and day, if needed, to serve our loved one. Special meals are fixed, fevers are dealt with, appointments with the doctor are set and kept. Doctors orders are carried out, medications given. We do all we can to help our loved one return to good health.
Then we become ill. We hesitate to even slow down. We keep pushing ourselves until we know we must go to bed. We hate to ask for anything - we don’t want to put anyone to any trouble. We suffer silently, getting up and about before we really should.
Maybe it’s time to take stock of what we are doing. Yes, it is good that we serve others in their need. It is also good to recognize when we are the one in need. To slow down, to stop if needed, to express to those whom we love what it is we need right then. Only as we recognize what we need can we begin to comprehend what others may need from us in the future.
So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them. Matthew 7:12
Heavenly Father, help me see what I, too, need - and then show me how to best care for myself. In Jesus' name. Amen.