Summary: It’s February, and here in Michigan it’s the dead of winter, and often the height of Seasonal Affective Disorder. In today’s episode, John and Jim kick off a series of pods centered on the mental/emotional wellbeing of leaders with the subject: Become Your Own Best Friend.
Show notes are below:
- July 2020 CDC: 1 in 4 young adults in America ages 18-24, contemplated suicide due to the pandemic. A 300% increase over July 2019.
- December of 2020 CDC: the percentage of Americans reporting depression symptoms during the coronavirus pandemic spiked to 42%, up from 9% in 2019. That’s a 400% increase over 2019.
- The depression rate for pastors is even higher
First behavior: Become your own best friend
- Our capacity to love others is directly related to the degree we love ourselves 22:36-39
- 39 – “as” – “in the same manner as.”
How do we become our own best friend without becoming narcissistic?
- Healthy Self-talk
- How I talk to myself about myself
- Understanding the difference between self-care and selfishness
- Selfishness: When we believe the entire universe revolves around us.
- Self-care: When we intentionally nourish ourselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically, and relationally.
- Acts 20:28 – “Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.”
- “Keep watch” – comes from a single Greek word that means – “to attend to, to pay attention to, to devote thought and effort to”
- Philippians 2:4: “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
- Becoming your own best friend means caring about others while at the same time caring for yourself. It’s not an either/or proposition—it’s both/and.