Sunday, Oct 7, 2012 Beneficially Selfish?

Sunday, October 07, 2012

As Christians, we hear things like, "J-O-Y: if you want JOY in your life, it's Jesus, Others and You!" So, what exactly does that mean? After you meet everyone else's needs, then you can take care of yourself? For some of us, depending on your situation, that would literally mean that we never would get anything done for ourselves. Sometimes the needs of those around us are so overwhelming that you will never complete the "to do" list: you mark the top one off, and three more have been added to the bottom! If we're not careful, we can loose ourselves in others' lives: where do they end and we begin? Very co-dependent, but true nonetheless.
Again, as Christians, we are called to take care of our body, which the Bible describes as "the temple of the Holy Spirit". It goes on further to warn us that if we do not take care of our temple, that it will be destroyed. And how true this is! If we actively do unhealthy things to our bodies, such as smoke, drink, or take drugs, there will be a whole list of negative results. These could be referred to as "sins of commission".
But what about what I like to refer to as "neglecting" our bodies: simply being too busy to really take care of ourselves, putting everyone else's needs above your own? You don't watch your diet, perhaps don't take your medication as faithfully as you should, and let's not even mention the "E" word: exercise! These could be considered "sins of omission": we have simply omitted them from our lives. These also have negative results though it may take us a little longer to recognize the signs.
But is there any Biblical basis for "Beneficial Selfishness?" Is there really such a thing? Selfishness isn't supposed to be a part of the Christian's life, right?
I struggle with this daily. But as of last month, I have chosen to become beneficially selfish. I am taking "me" time. Creating a Sparkpeople profile page and writing this, my first blog entry is a big part of that decision.
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