“Wake up, you sleepyhead city! Wake up, you sleepyhead people! King-Glory is ready to enter.” Psalm 24:7 (The Message Bible)
A two-inch open section of the drape in my hotel room gave me a glimpse of morning—I thought. It actually was only outdoor lighting, and it was 4:00 a.m. Yet the window drew me to it, and I peered out to see traffic on I-88 rushing to and from the Chicago. I wondered, “Where are all you people going at this early hour?”
In a few hours, I’ll be opening the retreat I’m presenting for church support staff with the question, “Who takes care of you?” I suspect some of the folks will answer by saying, “No one,” and they may be right. Intellectually, as a believer, we know that God hovers over, under, and around us and resides in our souls at all times. But he is not rattling the rib cage and begging for attention, and he’s not going to beg anyone to eat oatmeal instead of Cocoa Puffs. It is up to you, and only you, to take care of yourself.
We can do this in three ways: caring for the body (by eating better food, exercising, and getting enough rest); refreshing the mind—the “use it or lose it” concept; and serving the soul a heaping dish of love every day (through prayer, meditation, reading, solitude, meaningful work or activities, and sacred moments).
So, to all you busy people in the Chicago area and all over the world, “Good morning! Open your heart, mind, and soul and let God share your day!”
Lord, help us learn to care for our bodies, minds, and souls. Amen.