From there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul. (Deuteronomy 4:29)
We are often so busy caring for everyone else, whether at work or at home, that it is hard for us to take time to care for our soul. I visited the other day with a woman who is caring for her ill husband, while at the same time, trying to be a support to her grown children, and her mother, who is in a care facility. I was impressed that this dear person was able to balance all the ongoing responsibilities. She is doing this while also working full time. She is not alone in the demands life throws at us.
So, it is with trepidation that I raise the issue of the need to care for one more person. Yet, it is even more necessary for you to care for this particular person than anyone else. That person is you. To be more specific, the one you care for is your soul. We sometimes forget that apart for other responsibilities, the central responsibility in this world is the care and nurture of our soul. This means caring for our relationship with God. If we fail to nurture our soul, we will become bitter, resentful, and unable to provide care for our loved ones.
Before you even leave the runway, the flight attendant tells you to put on your mask before you put the mask on your child. In the same way, you are to put the care of your soul ahead of all else. If you don’t put your mask on first, you might stop breathing and you will not be able to care for your child. If you care for others before yourself, God’s breath will not be in you and you will burn out.
Today, think about the health of your soul. Is God breathing through you, or are you struggling to get enough Divine air? Do you need to refocus some time on your relationship with God? Pray for God to guide you forward in faith, so you have enough of the Spirit breathing through you that you have something left to offer others.