I’ve only been on an airplane 4 times in my life. If you’ve been on a plane before you know the drill. Board the plane, get your belongings settled, and then the flight attendant goes over the safety instructions.

I’ve never thought much about them, other than making sure I have them memorized in case I the plane was in an emergency situation. 🙂

But, there is one instruction that I have been thinking about recently. If the oxygen masks drop down you are supposed to put yours on before you help anyone else get theirs own.

The last time I flew I was not a mother, but now that I am I can’t imagine wanting to put mine on first. I would want to make sure they were safe and taken care of first and foremost. However, if there was a true emergency and I didn’t put mine on first I would be putting my life and my children’s lives at risk.

What about my spiritual oxygen mask?

I over-commit myself for many reasons. I love to help, I have many interests, and I have a hard time saying no. Sometimes I put my personal time with God on the back burner. I don’t always mean to, I just let it happen by default.

As a Christian it is my responsibility to spend time with God. As a mother and someone in a leadership position at my church, it is my responsibility to make sure I’m taking care of myself spiritually first.

I have to put my spiritual oxygen mask on before I can help anyone else with theirs.

Before I can teach my children about Jesus, before I can lead a stranger to Christ, before I can prepare a children’s church lesson, before I can speak into the lives of our youth, and before I can share on this blog, I need to make sure my mask is on and secure.

I haven’t been doing a great job of that lately. This weekend I’m going to work on putting my spiritual oxygen mask on first. Maybe then I will be able to have a bigger impact on those around me.

To do that, I have to have a plan. I know myself. I get busy and then the end of the day comes and I fall asleep reading. I’m going to read first thing in the morning, before I do anything else. I also have a devotional that I really l enjoy and I’m going to integrate that in my plan as well.

Do you put your spiritual oxygen mask on before you try to help other’s with theirs? If not, what are you going to do to change that?

Heavenly Father, help us to remember the priority of helping ourselves before we help others. We want to help others know you but we have to be right with you before anything else. Thank you for always loving us through our failures and shortcomings. Help us be more like you. Amen.