I was at the doctor yesterday flipping through magazines. I picked up a popular ladies' magazine and read the "Letter from the Editor" section at the beginning. The question she posed was WHO DO YOU LOVE THE MOST? I immediately thought, "Ooo! I know! The answer is God!" Well, it turns out I was wrong. The editor sincerely hoped that the reader had answered, "ME." That's right--ourselves. She went on to explain, as I have heard over and over again, that you need to love yourself more than anyone else. You know, women tend to be giving and nurturing and we do too much for others and not enough for ourselves, blah, blah, blah. You have to love yourself first in order to be able to take care of others...it goes something like that.
Well, I never thought anything about "me time" as I hear it referred to. Of course it is logical to think that we all need to shut the door and take a bath sometimes without little ones coming in to drop things in the water with us. (Anyone been there?) Of course we all need to take care of our health and rest when needed. Doesn't everyone need to "get away" sometimes? But the whole issue of loving myself more than anyone else did not sit right with me.
Teri Maxwell has some great things to say about this. I could not even begin to say it any better. Here's a link to get you started (there are 5 posts) (http://www.titus2.com/corners/10-05-m.htm) She searched scripture to find verses that proved she deserved time for herself. You may be surprised at what she found.
I really, really want ladies to read those posts! The world's way of thinking has crept into churches and godly homes alike. We don't even recognize it as being "worldly thinking." Just take a look at any women's magazine out today and you will see a reoccurring theme of "loving yourself first." But is this a godly theme?
I think it would be interesting to read a women's magazine and compare every article with scripture. What is the world saying? What does God say?
I guess the point of all this is I am learning to see things with new eyes. Things I have always accepted because I hear them all the time, such as the concept of "me time," I'm trying to look at with spiritual eyes. Is this really what God wants? As Christians, we accept many of the world's ideas without a second thought. I don't want to do this anymore.
I'm sure there are other messages we are being fed that I haven't clued in on yet. Can anyone think of other examples?