“You, Lord, are just in all your ways, faithful in all your works,” Psalm 145:17.
God’s faithfulness surpasses all understanding! How can we know the wonderful works and ways of God? He invites us to know Him, to trust Him, to cling to Him and to serve Him each day, by loving and serving others. Thus, when we are faithful to those in our lives whom we love and cherish, He is alive and thriving in that relationship, as well.
But how do we turn away from our self-interest, our hurriedness and our selfishness? How do we help those in need when our own emotional tank is so close to empty? When we have nothing left to give, how can we scrape the bottom of the barrel and have anything of quality to give to others? Perhaps God invites us not to get so empty, not to be so spent so that there is nothing left but crumbs to offer others. Perhaps He encourages us to step back a bit from the hectic nature of our lives so that we are able to notice the needs of others and then have something to offer them to help meet their needs.
When we think of caring for ourselves and others, we are often the only ones who do not make that list, and that may not be such a good idea. Today, begin taking care of yourself, too. Start by eating better, exercising and thinking clearer thoughts. Today is a day to start anew and commit your way to the Lord (Prov. 16:3), so that He may direct your paths (Prov. 3:5-6) and open doors for you that you did not even know were there. Turn to Him and trust Him to help you.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling and can be reached at [email protected] or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.