Thank you everyone for taking time to send your thoughts about balancing esteeming others, and taking care of yourself.
Thank you also for the many verses to ponder. Matt. 11:28-30 is a good description of the problem and the solution as well. Thanks, Luv for the reminder.
Merriweather, if you ever think of the name of the poem, I'd enjoy reading it. I had to chuckle though, when you mentioned that you cannot serve with an empty pitcher. I thought of Gideon and his army, armed with empty pitchers! I understand what you meant though, and you are so right. I've been running on empty physically, and emotionally for a long, long time.
No, Pink, no one every called me Superwoman. On the contrary. What I do, is about what every woman in my church does in one way or another.
It's not really the jobs and busy-ness that make it the hardest, really. It's the emotional issues, and that's where the esteeming question came in. Except for working in the nursery, every one of the responsibilities that I named, involve people with great emotional needs, or people who in effect, drain me emotionally. I have to keep in mind what you've all said, that it's only God who can meet those needs, and not me. Likewise, only He can meet MY needs as well.
Ps. 119: 27-29 speaks of these things, and I need to keep focused on these verses (and others) more. "Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works. My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word."
Thanks again, everyone. And, thanks for being understanding, and not scolding.
Merriweather, I pray that your son in Iraq is safe and well, and that he comes home strengthened in his walk with the Lord (or seeking to have one, if he's not saved). Bless him for serving.
Buns, thank you for telling about how physically caring for yourself, makes it possible for you to serve with strength and joy, not just exhaustion. That resonated with me. Sounds like we have some things in common. I too, had the blessing of homeschooling my children. I pray that you have wisdom from the Lord in your friendship with Bill.
I will close with the same good verse that Pink quoted. Good choice, Pink!
"31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10, NIV)