I know, I know. You aren’t supposed to be selfish, you’re supposed to share your fruit snacks, hold the door open for others, buy your little brother a souvenir too.
Well, I’m speaking of the same word but a different application.
Have you ever tried to give someone a ride to work but you don’t have a car? Have you ever given someone $20 when you only have $10? Nope, not possible right?
You can’t give someone something you don’t have. You can’t give people a ride or money if you don’t have it, but you also can’t give them love, help, or encouragement either, because you can’t give out of lack. If you don’t have it FIRST, you are of no use to yourself and cannot help anyone else either.
A sick and run down parent is not of much help to a sick kid. A hurting friend can not be an authentic friend to others until they deal with themselves and their issues first. Take care of yourself first and THEN you can take care of others.
Fill up your cup first, be selfish-concerned with your own well-being, first. Don’t be afraid to put yourself first, you and those you desire to help and support will benefit.