“I just needed some me time.” How many times have you heard a friend say that? Most of you reading this have said it yourself. Sometimes we need to take time out for needed, or desired, maintenance.
What does your “me” time look like? Some use their free time to get haircuts. Girls like to have their nails done. Guys enjoy washing their cars or trucks. Crafty people put time into their favorite hobby. Some watch movies or read books. But, all of us know there comes a point when we must stop and take time out for “maintenance” on ourselves.
How about when that check engine light comes on in your vehicle? Or, perhaps you aren’t feeling your best and know your symptoms require a doctor visit? No one enjoys those “maintenance” moments because they always end up costing us money that we’d rather spend on the fun things. Nevertheless, maintenance is required at some point.
How often do you treat yourself to spiritual maintenance? We all need a daily spiritual tune up! Take time to refresh your spirit with the Word. Clean up your heart and mind that hold those thoughts and feelings. Uplift yourself in the Lord. Your car cannot run on the same oil past a specified period of time or you will ruin the engine. So, why do you expect yourself to keep running spiritually without putting in life from the Word of God?
“And David was greatly distressed...but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6
The first sign that we’ve lost interest in something is that we stop polishing/maintaining it. We nearly wash the paint off of a new vehicle, frequently dust off that award we’re proud of and clean a new house in effort to keep it looking appealing. As the newness fades, we tend to stop polishing that which we treasured in the beginning.
Use this time of “rest” we’ve been given for some maintenance in your life. Dust off an old friendship. Start studying your Bible again. Wash off the things that the Lord has blessed you with. Spouses, polish the relationship with your mate. Parents, get back to daily devotions with your kids. Show God, and yourself, that you’re grateful for the life that He has given you.
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. MORE to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.” Psalms 19:7-10 ESV