At my last doctor’s appointment, I was asked, “What are you doing that’s just for you?” I was a little confused as this didn’t seem like a typical question when getting a physical. I kind of smiled and began to say, “well I like to watch shows with my husband…” when I was cut off by him saying “I said what do you do that’s just for you?” I then realized that doing things that we enjoy with others is not the same as doing something that is solely for you. With the ways in which life has changed with the pandemic, it can get increasingly difficult to do things that are solely for our own renewal and enjoyment.
I was prescribed to take 20 minutes each day to do something just for me. This could be anything that I choose so long as it was 20 uninterrupted minutes of an activity that I wanted to do. With all that we do, sometimes 20 minutes a day of interrupted alone time can be difficult to plan for. We find our time filled with work, school, family responsibilities, home responsibilities, church responsibilities… though we are social distancing and doing more and more remotely, somehow our days have gotten more and more full. I am reminded of how God tells us that there is a time for everything in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. What would happen if we made time for us? Could there also be a time for us to spend 20 minutes solely focused on us? How would 20 min a day spent just on us heal us and renew us for the work we know we are called to do?
With so much turmoil in the world, God’s hands and feet (your hands and feet) need to be well rested and strengthened in order to keep doing the many things that help to bring restoration and healing to our fragmented world. So how will you take 20 minutes every day to refuel? What will you do that is just for you? I challenge us to think of this as a holy prescription coming from the Doctor of Doctors and Healer of Healers. Take 20 minutes every day to do something for you. There is a time for every purpose. There is time for self-care and rest even if we feel that taking this time is selfish. There is time for you; take it so that your hands and feet, (God’s hands and feet on Earth) are ready and able to be used. 20 minutes a day every day, you will be surprised by the difference it makes and how you will feel. Take your prescription and watch what God will do.