Article by Ken Webb

In the rush or the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we as leaders often find ourselves tirelessly serving others, both within and outside our ministry circles. It is during this time that we must remember the importance of self-care, not as a selfish act, but as a means to rejuvenate our spirits and continue our ministry with greater strength and devotion. Let’s take a minute to look at some scriptures that remind us to care for ourselves.

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

The words of the prophet Isaiah remind us that waiting upon the Lord and seeking His presence is vital for renewing our strength. In the hustle and bustle of holiday ministry, finding moments of stillness and reflection can be a source of great spiritual nourishment.

As Pastor Charles Swindoll wisely points out, “The busier we are, the more quiet time we need.” This holiday season, carve out time to rest in the Lord’s presence, allowing Him to refresh and strengthen your weary soul.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

The holidays can bring added burdens and stress, but the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew remind us of a precious promise. Our Savior beckons us to come to Him for rest and solace during challenging times.

In his book Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster highlights the importance of solitude and rest. He states, “The fruit of solitude is increased sensitivity and compassion for others. There comes a new freedom to be with people.” Taking time for solitude and self-care allows us to minister with a compassionate heart.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10

This verse from the Psalms calls us to stillness and reflection. Amid the holiday rush, remember that our ultimate goal is to exalt God in all we do. Prioritizing self-care can help us achieve this by maintaining our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

In The Emotionally Healthy Leader, Peter Scazzero emphasizes that self-care is essential to our leadership effectiveness. He writes, “Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.”

As Christian leaders, let us heed these wise words from scripture and evangelical authors. By prioritizing self-care during the holidays, we can renew our strength, find rest in the Lord, and continue to exalt Him in our service to others. In caring for ourselves, we can better care for those we lead and minister to, ultimately fulfilling our calling with love, grace, and endurance.