Saturday, November 22, 2008

Care Taker

In ministry, our focus is often on attending to the needs of others. Dedication to the ministry of movement may mean missed meals with family and friends, delayed hair appointments, and missed hours of sleep. As we grow in wisdom, we realize the need for balance. If we neglect to care for ourselves and relegate our loved ones to the outskirts of our priorities, we will find ourselves compromised.

Jesus understood the need to get away to pray and refresh. A dance ministry schedule that does not include time for intercession and study of the Word will weaken our defenses. Insufficient sleep, rest, and neglected personal care will eventually affect our ministries. This can result in missed deadlines, event cancellations, and general fatigue.

When we dance and minister before people, we do not want to be so exhausted that we cannot go full out if need be. Lack of sleep can cause irritability or sluggishness that may cause us to appear unfriendly or unapproachable. We are not to champion vanity, but our efforts to care for ourselves are essential to ministry. When we are of sound mind and health, we can reflect this blessing in the presence of others.

Exodus 31:17 (NKJV)
It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.

Psalm 4:8 (NKJV)
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 127:2 (NKJV)
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.

Philemon 1:20 (NKJV)
Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.

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