Day 2: TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
In the Summer of 2001, Megan and I (Pastor Justin) had the opportunity to participate in an 8-week mission trip to Burkina Faso, a small country in West Africa. While there, we were tasked with a goal to visit 7 different villages of a remote group of people known as the Marensé. Our role was simple: we were to be dropped off at a specific location, and then were to visit these 7 villages over a period of 16 days before finding our way back to the capital. We had nothing more than a translator, a GPS, some water bottles, and the clothes on our backs. Nothing more was needed.
Unfortunately, the first village was at least 30 miles away from our drop-off point. So we hopped onto our bicycles and started riding. In the West African heat, it felt like we traveled much farther than 30 miles. By the time we arrived the next day, we were thirsty. REALLY thirsty! The locals were very friendly and quickly brought us a large bowl of water. Unfortunately, the village chief really liked hot peppers, and put them in the water to add some ‘flavor’. The outside temperatures were in the mid-90’s and there was nothing to drink but hot, spicy water! We desperately needed rehydrated, so we drank it. The lesson we learned: Sometimes what your body needs most isn’t what you want. But caring for your own health is necessary in order to provide for the health of others.
Be honest: how difficult is it for you to care for your physical body? Your emotional health? Your spiritual health?
Have you ever found yourself in a situation in which what you most needed wasn’t at all what you wanted? What did you learn from that experience?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Genesis 20-21
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
Heavenly Father, as I evaluate how I spend my time, I confess that there are many times when I go after things that I want, and that I’m not always disciplined to go after the things I most need. Admittedly, what I need more than anything is to know You. Today, I pray that You would reveal to me three things I have been pursuing that are wants and not needs. I also pray that You would reveal to me ways in which I can begin to pursue after what I most need. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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