Monday, 20 February 2012

Nurturing Your Inner Self

Our Creator did not make us so that we can be stressed out all the time. But many of us are. We worry about day-to-day activities, how we will pay the bills, ways to interact with family members, how to help others, and how to be good Christian examples.

Do you constantly feel stressed out? Are your worries worth the mental effort that you expend? If you live in America, you probably run a busy life trying to keep up with work and home while attaining a work-life balance and still have some time to cultivate moments to retain your own sanity. Or maybe you have already learned how to manage the stress that you encounter regularly. Only you can determine the level of stress that is manageable for you.

If you find yourself overloaded or always taking care of someone else’s needs rather than putting your own needs ahead of others, you might need to look for ways to nurture your own inner self. You don’t have to relinquish helping others, but you should weigh the cost of not taking care of yourself in the process of your service to others. Identify ways to nurture yourself that do not cause you to neglect those you serve. Be aware that it takes time to analyze your own needs. Be patient and kind to yourself. Remember that Almighty God Jehovah gives mercy to those who love Him. Here are some ideas.

Study and read the Bible. The messages in God’s letters provide comfort and hope to our deepest self, especially if we feel unsettled or anxious about the problems in the world. Read Psalm 94:19, “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Thy consolations delight my soul.” (NASB)

Spend some time each day experiencing nature, whether indoors or outside. For example, plant a garden and grow your favorite vegetables. Work in a greenhouse one summer. Get into agriculture. Run a farm. Read a good book on how to live sustainably. Almighty God provides opportunities. As He tells us in Genesis 1:26, “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Simplify your life. Scale down, eliminate what you don’t need, and spend more time enjoying what you already have. Reduce the emotional and physical clutter that weighs you down. Take time to figure out what really matters. Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Connect with others. Human connections can foster edification and encouragement, and remind you of the goal of living peaceably with others both now and in God’s kingdom to come. Read Romans 1:11-12.

Slow down and appreciate God’s creation. Consider the abundance of creativity Almighty God Jehovah had when he made the flowers, trees, and animals. Not only is there one type of tree, but many! And the same is true for plums, apples, flowers, mammals, reptiles, spiders, and so on! Read Genesis chapter 1.

Pray for help. Ask Almighty God Jehovah/Yahweh through His Son Jesus Christ for help for yourselves and others. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Be open-minded and watch for resources that Almighty God provides.

Communicate your fears with people who you trust. Find friendship in a brother or sister in Christ and confide in them. Curb your worries. Consider doing the things you fear to overcome them. If you are doing God’s will, He will take care of you. Read Psalm 145:14-19.

Serve others instead of yourself. Many needy children, women, and elderly live throughout the world in poverty and abuse. Make a commitment to help those who are too young or helpless to care for themselves. Adopt a child, offer your help to assist a needy family, or visit the fatherless and widows. Read James 1:27, Psalm 10:17-18, and Psalm 103:6.

Approach your problems as opportunities to grow. Gain knowledge of God’s truth, trust Him to help you through tough situations, and begin to think positively about what you can learn from each situation. Use your thoughts to take control of your actions. Read Romans 12:1-3. Walk with integrity (Psalm 26:1-7).

You are unique. Find the best ways that help you nurture your own inner self in the midst of this unstable world. Realize that you must do it for yourself, and do not rely on anyone else to do it for you. Be patient. In time, Almighty God Jehovah/Yahweh will perfect the Earth and His kingdom will rule over all. Serve Him and Jesus Christ to the best of your ability now. His world to come will be filled with all joy and excitement! When He perfects the Earth (Isaiah 65:17-25), you might see clusters of grapes the size of a lion’s head, and when He perfects the seas you might just see children joyfully riding on the backs of dolphins or giant sea turtles!
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