It was 3 a.m. and sleep was not happening for me. I was exhausted and anxious about the day to come and all of the things that I hadn’t finished. So rather than stress, berate or neglect myself further, I took a long hot bath; and as the water filled the tub I gave myself permission to relax, reflect and to rest.
Instead of drowning in work and worry I drenched my parched soul with water, encouraging words, and much needed self care. As I soaked I listened to an inspiring word from a favorite preacher, I read my bible, listened to music and I reflected on all that I had been able to accomplish already.
You see self care is not selfish, self-centered, nor self-indulgent, its self-love, surely a survival skill. You can’t carry someone else’s burden in ministry if you can’t bear up under the weight of your own.
As we move into the semester, remember to refill your cups that you have something to share with someone else. Take the time, take care of yourself, take a bath.
Peace and blessings to you.
Author: Reverend Lisa Banks-Williams
Program Coordinator of Student Care
at Wesley Theological Seminary