Monday: 6th August, 2018

Reference text: Mark 9:2-10

Mark 9:5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

In the very context of the Gospel reading of today, we know that Peter’s words were spoken because he was ‘so overcome with awe’, but doesn’t his words tell the story of many of us? Regardless of the inspiration behind those words, the fact remains unchanged that from a macroscopic point of view, Peter mentions building tents for Jesus, Elijah and for Moses; but did not mention himself.

In recent times, choosing to put one’s self first in circumstances is seen plainly as ‘being selfish’. In the eyes of everyone else, one ought to put themselves last on any list to ensure that all the needs of others are met, before their very own. However, if there is one thing I have learnt from the many rescue operations I have read about, or the health and safety trainings I have received, ‘it is to not put yourself in danger to save another’.

This may sound like an act of cowardice because sometimes we just want to jump into a burning building to save others: we tend to ignore the necessary conditions that ‘a rescuer ‘cannot’ get injured, nor are they allowed to ‘die’ through a show of bravado, because that renders them useless to those for whom their assistance was sought.

My dear, we may have a lot of things to juggle around: our families, work, social and spiritual lives; among a host of other things, with each area requiring some significant work on our part. However, in doing so, let us not easily get caught up taking care of the needs of everyone else but forget about our own selves. This should be something we consider critically because it isn’t always about everybody else, but sometimes about ourselves and the fact stays: unless we are the best versions of ourselves, we won’t be of much help to others.

Remember # when you learn to take good care of yourself, then you can cater for the needs of others.


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