Are you kind to yourself? Do you invest in your own well being?
The two best things I’ve done for myself this year are running and memorizing scripture. Each are investments toward my personal well being and yet my family and friends also reap the dividends.
I started running again (after a couple years off) last April. It’s been one of the most beneficial habits I’ve ever formed. I’m training now to run my 2nd half marathon in January. It seems that perspiration and inspiration go together for me. Often I get my best ideas while out for a run. You can read more about running including how to get started yourself on See My Mom Run.
The other best thing I’ve done for myself is to become intentional about memorizing scripture. After reading a scripture memorization challenge on the Living Proof blog, I decided to unofficially join the movement.
It’s been life changing. I pick 2 passages per month. I write them on note cards on a ring binder. Pick one translation and stick to it when memorizing scripture; it’s easier.
I like to use the NKJV because it’s the translation I use for Bible study and teaching. My memory verses permeate my prayers and petitions.
The Word of God has saved me.
- Saved my life when I just wanted it to be over.
- Saved my ministry because the Word of God is ALIVE & POWERFUL.
- Saved my sanity because God’s TRUTH is eternal and I can trust even when I may not understand.
Both running and scripture memorization have been healing to my mind, spirit and body. Many times my emotions have been lifted by a 3 mile run. I can go one more day even though grief tugs hard at my heart. Sometimes I run with my husband or with a friend. More often than not, I run by myself though I don’t feel alone. Praying, meditating on scripture and listening for the breath of God, I feel His presence with every footfall.
2011 is almost at a close. What have you done to benefit you? It’s not too late to be kind to yourself.
“A kind person benefits himself, but a cruel person brings himself trouble.” ~ Proverbs 11:17a