Apply Your Mask First
"In the event of an emergency, apply your oxygen mask first."
That warning never bothered me until the first time I flew with my daughter. 10 months old and all smiles, she looked at me trustingly as the plane took off, and I couldn’t help thinking, “If suddenly this cabin loses pressure, I’m going to be breathing comfortably again before you…”It was nauseating to even consider, yet of course I knew that that is precisely what I would have to do.
This morning in church I was reminded that as parents, we need to always apply our own masks first. More important than anything else we can provide for our children – a nice home, fun toys, even food on their plate – is the gift of being raised by healthy, happy parents. It is one thing to neglect your formerly manicured nails or to fall behind in the latest fashions. After all, is it really important that your hands look good while you’re changing diapers? But it is another transgression entirely to neglect your soul.
What makes you happy? Your kids? Of course. Now try another answer...
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