Leavin’ On A Jet Plane

I’ve flown in an airplane a decent amount in my life. Enough to where I rarely pay attention to what the flight attendants are saying when they are giving their schpeel. However, one particular part of their demonstration hit me some time back. For those of you who have flown, you’ll recognize the words, “In case there is a sudden loss in cabin pressure…” This is usually followed by them giving particular instructions about the oxygen masks that will fall from the ceiling should this sort of disturbance occur. They say and I (sort of) quote, “If you are traveling with someone who needs assistance, please place your oxygen mask on yourself first and then assist the person with you.” What a novel idea. Romans 12:3 says:
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
I think this verse is a great example that we are to think of ourselves. We’re just told not to do it too much! I mean, what good is the person on the plane next to us if we can’t assist them? And we can’t assist them if we don’t have our own oxygen mask on first. Let me unpack this for you and help you process through it. (That was for you, honey, and the whole DLT.) We have to fuel ourselves. We have to feed not only our physical bodies to have enough energy to go about the daily tasks and goals that we’ve set before ourselves, but we also need to feed our spiritual and emotional tanks, too. Here’s what this looks like for me:
  1. I TRY to eat healthy meals. (Try is the operative word here. Dang cookies. And cakes. And candy.)
  2. I also make sure that I exercise several times a week to keep my high-cholesterol heart healthy even when Seth is begging me to play his “Go, Diego! Go!” game with him. If I don’t take care of my body, there will not be any game playing with Seth and his little Brazilian friend.
  3. I attempt to spend some alone time. This is a must for me. If I don’t, I’m a grouch…with a capital G.
Do you put on your oxygen mask before assisting others?

14 thoughts on “Leavin’ On A Jet Plane”

  1. Such a great point! Sometimes we feel we should be so focused on others that we completely ignore taking care of ourselves first. I’m right there with you on your list of three. Its amazing how having enough oxygen makes your day and helping others so much better! 🙂

  2. Yes I do… if I didn’t I would die. My life is a constant outpouring… if I’m not DAILY filling back up with time spent in the Word… exercise… putting things in my body that honor HIM… I would be empty… and there’s no way you can pour from an empty cup!

  3. Amen sista! If I do not I am Oscar the Grouch as well. Exercise is A2 priority as a great stress reducer after renewing my mind with the Word A1 priority!

  4. I think you are right on! It makes a huge difference if you put your mask on first. How can you be a good wife and mom if you aren’t a good you!

  5. Yay for this blog! Through years of having women friends (and BEING a woman my ownself :), I have noticed that we are the worst at taking care of ourselves first–especially MOMS. I think we buy into the lie that if we spend any time taking care of ourselves, we are being selfish. But you’re right–you can’t give something from nothing.

    As for eating healthy, I love to cook and have some great, fast, healthy recipes! 🙂 I’m also a TOTAL sweet-tooth, so I can relate…

    Oh, and LOVE the ‘unpacking’ reference. My dept has a whole mental list of LifeChurch-isms. 🙂

  6. Thanks for the reminder Cindy. I get too caught up in doing for everyone around our house that my big “g” comes out when I don’t get my alone time.

    I think sometimes its hard when your spouse is in ministry and I try and play the supporting role, because he is in ministry, and put too much focus on what he does. My “stuff’ matters too.

    You are always one of my first “blog stops” of the day. I love what you give me to reflect on.

  7. That’s GOOD! I have a tough time always doing this, but it is wise and necessary. You’re a wise lady!

  8. funny you should use that illustration – I worked as a flight attendant and instructor for a regional airline for four years. 🙂 crazy, but true!

    absolutely, I o2-up regularly. we see in Scripture that our Lord took that time apart from others. it would be folly for me to think i am less in need of it.

  9. What a great post. When we begin to see our relationship with the Lord as our “life-line”, the very air we need to breathe in to survive, we begin to become conformed to the image of Christ. I am answering you question on my blog today in case you have a second to click on! Keep pressing on in your walk with the Lord. Thanks for sharing your insight! Blessings.

  10. I struggle with this daily because I tend to put my husband and my kid’s first. I feel much better when I start my day off reading the word. I will strive to continue to do this everyday. Thanks for the reminder.

  11. First, wasn’t aware that Diego was Brazillian. I wasn’t sure where he was from, if pressed, I might not have an answer. Interesting.

    Secondly, yes…I am taking care of sick kids right now – I had to get out and exercise before my husband left this morning. I needed the time alone to re-connect with God before I began another day of caring for others. Great analogy, Cindy.

  12. This is what was really on my mind last night as I was praying for one of my children and a few of her tendencies. They frustrate me, but she comes by them honestly. It dawned on me if I actually allowed God to deal with those things in me, I might be a) a better example in those areas and b) be able to help her.

    Great post!

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