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:
Do you put on your oxygen mask before assisting others?
- I TRY to eat healthy meals. (Try is the operative word here. Dang cookies. And cakes. And candy.)
- 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.
- 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.