Roy Oswald wrote those words over 25 years ago. How true they ring still today! Generally, we may talk about health more as a society than in the past, but has our attitude changed that much? Oswald named a “sort of eschatological fatalism” that clergy use to justify our lack of self-care. He says, that clergy “feel that if they expend themselves completely in the Lord’s work, God will look after them—body, mind and spirit…. Because the final goal is to be with the Lord, it is all right to mortgage one’s body against this final eventuality.”
What is your theology of self-care? Have you even thought about what the theology is behind how you care for yourself?
Those of us who are in full-time parish ministry often talk theologically, but do we think about the unspoken theology that is expressed in the way that we take care of ourselves?
If you are interested in improving your self-care while looking at this care through a theological lens, then I invite you to join one of the newly forming Wholy Life Groups. These groups are for clergy who want to engage in mindful self-care that increases their health in body, mind and spirit.