I have noticed for a while now that many of the memes, books, and motivational speakers are focused on propelling the “self-care movement” This lifestyle is grounded in the assumption that the power for healing and rest lies within US. I have gotten caught up in it myself. We try so very hard to attain more beauty, power, rest, muscles, and success all in our own strength. It saddens me only because we are missing out on the true peace, freedom and power that Jesus offers. Jesus-care is completely counter culture to self-care.
When we turn to Jesus, he heals our deepest wounds so that the beauty comes from deep within our soul and shines out of our eyes. No matter how old we are.
When we turn to Jesus, he propels us to want to exercise and eat healthy, not necessarily for our own outside appearance but so that our body can be healthy to live a life of meaning and leave a legacy for generations to come.
When we turn to Jesus, sleep and rest is deep, peaceful and sweet because there is no fear or worry about the future. He’s in control, not us.
When we turn to Jesus, true life changing power and success is attained… not so we can toot our own horn but so that we can fight off the powers of evil and deception and help others do the same.
Jesus is the only one who can offer us a profound and eternal care that nothing in this world can fill.
“My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength]. 2 Cor. 12:9amp
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls.For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” Matt. 11:28amp