The other day I saw a sign that said Haslett Community Church was having a food drive. I thought, Oh, I have to buy food for that and donate it. I pretty much only go to the Haslett area to go grocery shopping but I was thinking I need to make a special trip there to donate food. I have to help everyone in need. I have to remind myself this is not possible. Whenever I see any fundraiser to donate money to I think I should donate to it. This is impossible. We don’t have that much money. Maybe this is why Dan does all the budgeting.
When I see new volunteer opportunities I feel like I have to do all of them. This is not possible. I like volunteering but I will get burnt out if I try to do every volunteer opportunity I see. And I obviously need to have time to spend with my family. Oh, I guess I should make time for myself, too. That is something I am getting better at but I probably still need to work on. I don’t want to be selfish. I have to remind myself self-care is not selfish. It is not possible to help everyone and that sometimes makes me sad. I love helping people. I don’t want anyone to be in need. I need to remember I’m not the only person who is called to help people. There are so many people who are able to help people in need. I can’t expect myself to help everyone.
It is very hard. When I see anyone struggling I want to make them feel better. I have to remember to take care of myself, too. If I don’t take care of myself I won’t be completely available to take care of other people. The other day at Aldi, a woman asked me for my cart and she gave me a quarter. I was going to tell her I didn’t need the quarter but then I realized I might not have one the next time I went to Aldi. I’m too anxious to ask someone for a cart so I would just have to carry whatever I got in my hands. I know this is silly but I felt like this was a small part of self-care. If she didn’t have a quarter I would have given her my cart anyway but she was offering a quarter so it made complete sense to take it.
It is good to help people. I love helping people. But I need to remember it is not possible for me to help everyone. God has called other people to help people in need, too. I don’t need to be discouraged because I am unable to help everyone.
“Then Jesus said, ‘Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.’ He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.”- Mark 6:31 NLT