I often hear the objection that when it comes to health, putting yourself first is vanity, selfish, or even unspiritual.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Put on your mask first”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
Many have this image of some guy that lives at the gym, and constantly has one eye in the mirror admiring his bulging muscles…..
I’m not advocating healthy living elevated to a form of bondage. We can be in bondage to pursuing health just as easy as we can to any form of idolatry. However, just because some people go overboard, doesn’t mean the concept is bad. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.
In addition, holistic health is much more than simply working “out” at the gym. We must work “in” as well. We need to exercise our minds and pursue spiritual growth at the same time.[callout]We cannot offer love, or be of any service to others if we’re burdened with health challenges that turn us into takers rather than givers.[/callout]
When you put yourself first and take care of you health, you’re in a better position to share love, and serve others. We need to be filled with adequate physical stamina, mental fortitude, and spiritual strength in order to have anything to give to others.
When we look at it this way, putting yourself first is not selfish. In fact, it’s one of the most unselfish, loving things we can do.
When we get on an airliner, we hear the FAA-mandated, preflight safety briefing that goes like this:
“In the event of a loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will fall from the compartment above your head…Put the elastic band over your head, cover your nose and mouth and breath normally. If your traveling with a child, put on your mask first, then assist the child.”
We’re instructed to “put on our mask first, then assist the child”. Why?… Because at altitude, our time of useful consciousness is less than 20 seconds. If we don’t get our masks on quickly, we’ll pass out. And an unconscious person is of no use to a child.
The same is true with our health. We cannot offer love, or be of any service to others if we’re burdened with health challenges that turn us into takers rather than givers. We can only give out of our abundance.
Truth be told, the vanity argument falls apart so fast that it really ends up being justification for neglecting our health. So, maybe it’s time to make taking care of yourself more of a priority.[Tweet “”We can only give out of our abundance.” David Sandstrom”]
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