Is Self-Care Actually Mentioned in the Bible? - Practicing self-care the way Jesus did

Several months ago, I sat down to read a brand-new book. Bound in a hot-pink cover with gold detailing and calligraphy all around, I was excited to dig into this very feminine-looking book about finding joy and simplicity. Plus, the author was a Christian, with many years of experience being a creator and a writer. What could go wrong with this book?


Well, the trouble started on page 20. The author wrote,


"In Galatians, we read, "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself." (5:13-14) The last line of that passage is so powerful: love your neighbor as yourself. We usually think of that command as centered around others. But it's about us too. God is telling us to love, nurture, and care for ourselves and to love others that much as well. I don't know about you, but if I loved and nurtured my neighbor (or my children!) the same way I care for myself sometimes, I wouldn't be doing any of them a whole lot of good."


I almost dropped the book! I honestly couldn't believe what I had just read. The author had gotten that verse so very, very wrong. When Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians, he was telling them to stop indulging in fleshly desires. That even though they had freedom in Christ, they were not meant to use that freedom to be selfish, but to help others, to serve God, to have joy! Not to "help themselves before they can help others," but