“You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

Psalm 23:5

There are two kinds of people who will never understand your need to take care of yourself:  (1) Legalists—they never stop trying to measure up to certain perfectionistic moral, ethical, and religious standards.  (2) Serve-a-holics—they sacrifice themselves on the altar of endless church activity, believing it is the only way to please God.  Some of Jesus’ disciples did this.  When a woman poured expensive oil on His head they got upset.  How come? Had they never read the words, “You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows?”  In Bible times oil was used for different purposes such as soothing, massaging, and refreshing the body after a long journey or a hard day’s work.  God wants you to take breaks—to allow Him to refresh, revive, and replenish you.

You must examine yourself.  Are you  a serve-a-holic?  Are you like the Disciples questioning  the use of somebody else’s gift and service?  Understand this:  when you take care of others, but not yourself, you become spiritually and emotionally drained; you end up resentful because your needs go unrecognized and unmet; and you start looking for relief in the wrong places.  When we look to the wrong people and things rather than learning to care for ourselves, we give a foothold to the Enemy.  Don’t let that happen to you.  Start taking care of yourself spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

Reverend Belynda Gentry