Good morning everyone!
I hope that you are doing well, and staying safe.
As we are in the wonderful season of love, we’re kind of getting romantic love everywhere (I’m not complaining too much as Valentines Day means discounted chocolate, and who can be mad at that?) However I wanted to talk about what the notion of self-love, on the basis of looking after yourself, and what that means to me!
I was reading in Exodus, and Moses had led the children of Israel out of Egypt, they were now walking in the desert and he would have to sit all day long, being a judge, sorting out issues and disputes.
So Moses’ father in law spotted that Moses was doing all of this by himself, and he had to make all the decisions by himself, siting morning until evening. I love what Jethro says to Moses “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out”.
How many of us tend to do everything for ourselves, and pile on the workload, because ‘If you want something doing right, it’s better doing it yourself’. I hold both hands up! Especially when you’re in positions of leadership, or you’re a bit of a perfectionist.
However, as Jethro noted to Moses, you will wear yourself out! Sometimes the workloads that we have going on is too heavy for us to do alone, and it’s okay for us to admit that! So what did Jethro advise? Delegating.
This comes to the topic of what self-love means to me, sharing the load, not carrying it all on my own, delegating.
Often we can pile on so much on our plate, and it’s doing more harm than good. I have a problem with saying yes to a lot of things, and struggling to say I can’t do this at the moment. But when I read this scripture I got so many revelations that even Jesus didn’t run His ministry Himself.
It’s funny, an example came to me that Jesus was the Son of God and God Himself, yet even He sometimes needed someone else to drive the boat so He could take a nap! (Mark 4:38).
It’s okay to delegate some responsibilities. It’s okay to not do everything yourself and share the load. Why? Because you’re keeping yourself from being constantly burnt out. Moses was told to select trustworthy people, who can help make the load lighter. Who can you trust to perhaps help take the load off?
So! I hope this post helped and encouraged you that it’s important not to try do everything on your own. We don’t have to say yes to everything.
This is part one, about what self love means to me!
Have an amazing day!
~ peace, joy & love x