By: McKenzie Davis
Even throughout these uncertain times, it is important to take care of oneself spiritually and mentally. During this pandemic, a lot of anxiety and emotions of doubt can arise, but it is through this trial that mankind cannot control that God is revealing he has always been the one in control. To our dismay, COVID-19 did not come as a shock or surprise to God, he knew this moment was coming, but he didn’t leave us defenseless. His word is full of scriptures that can bring support and comfort to you in this trying time. While God wants you to take care of others and to put others above yourself, at the end of the day your health and growth matters as well, and that is what my last and final devotion will focus on–how to love yourself.
The human body is an amazing aspect of creation. In 1 Corinthians 6:19, states that our bodies are a temple in which the Holy Spirit dwells . God created our bodies to do so many things, but if we as Christians never take the time to stop and realize what our bodies need at that moment we could have a mental and physical shutdown of the body. In 1 Corinthians 6:20, it says that “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” Christ died so that we could live, and despite quarantine being extremely boring and inconvenient for everyone, God could be supplying you this time to take care of you. Before this pandemic, everyone had their own schedules and a list of activities that they enjoyed doing; some may have been busier than others.
But how many actually took the time or had the time to do absolutely nothing? I mean besides the usual quarantine activities of watching television, eating food, or scrolling through social media for countless hours. The act of self-love is not vain or selfish, but necessary to be healthy, to fight back the devils of depression and anxiety, to fight back the devils of low self-esteem, and even to fight back and stand against the devils of self-criticism.
This is not an easy time for anyone, especially for those being affected by COVID-19, and those with mental illnesses struggling to stay in quarantine. God wants you to know that he is with you, he has never left you nor forsakes you, and he wants you to take this time to take care of yourself. We often can be hard on ourselves, saying that we don’t deserve to take a mental break or we don’t deserve to have a moment to recenter ourselves. But the truth is to be at very best sometimes it’s necessary. So take this time of quarantine to ‘check’ in with yourself and to take care of you.