One of the ways in which I’m able to discern this in my life is by how much balance exists between work and ministry (and family!), on the one hand, and my own physical and spiritual needs on the other. When people rely upon us, we find ourselves caught in a dilemma. We’re pressed for time and the one thing most easily sacrificed is the time we’ve set aside for ourselves. This way, we don’t let anyone down.
Exercise, I love. Unfortunately, not only are my energy levels affected by the quality (and quantity) of food I eat, but exercise is always the first thing I sacrifice because of responsibilities to others, which means I’m rarely getting enough of it. This has to change. If my physical well-being isn’t a priority, I’m not going to last – which will make my commitment to work, service, and family less fruitful in the long run.
These areas of self-love determine the effectiveness of our responsibilities toward others. Whether its work or ministry or family life, the love and dedication we show others actually benefits (in the long run) from the love and dedication we show ourselves, spiritual and physical. It’s never easy to form a good habit, especially when it means breaking bad ones, but it’s always worth it.
Happy New Year's Resolutions!
1 - Share Yourself 2 - Know the Kerygma 3 - Pray. Especially When You Don't Have Time.
4 - Collaborate 5 - Invite. Invite. Invite. 6 - Be Cheerful 7 - Do the Task at Hand
8 - Don't Forget Recess 9 - It Begins with a Smile 10 - The Topic is Always Jesus
11 - The WIIFM Principle 12 - Recapture the Enchantment 13 - Learn to Use Youtube
14 - The Art of Accompaniment 15 - The Art of Listening
16 - Eat Food. It's Part of Evangelization 17 - Everything Leads to Liturgy