Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! – 2 Corinthians 5:17

tylb-im-experiencing-a-new-lifeWhen we acknowledge Jesus as our higher power, we start a new life—one characterized by being loved and accepted instead of being shamed or condemned. But the fullness of this life doesn’t come to us automatically.

Notice that Paul says, “A new life has begun.” It’s as if God has erased the slate, giving us a fresh start. But now we must learn new behaviors and attitudes that allow us to take back the life God intended us to experience.

Part of the new life we’ve begun is learning to care about ourselves as well as others. For too long we have believed that we can care for others only at our own expense. But that makes us feel like we are trying to fill someone else’s glass with an empty pitcher. We need God’s help to learn how to balance our caring. That’s an important way to take our lives back.

Ask Yourself
Think of a situation in which you cared for someone else at the cost of your physical, mental, or emotional health. What was your motivation in doing so?

What makes it hard for you to practice self-care, to make certain you have something to give?

Ask God
Heavenly Father, you gave so much for me by sending Jesus to die on my behalf. Help me to see how much you value me as a person. Help me to see that you love me no matter what.

Taken from Take Your Life Back Day by Day copyright © 2016 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.