Checked your oil lately?
Oil is the lubricant of your car’s engine. Support systems are the lubricant of your well-being when things are rubbing the wrong way, or you’re looking for a new direction in the adventure of life.
As I write this, I am perched near a driving range on the Snake River canyon in the state of Washington. It’s early March, the robins are singing and purple crocuses are bursting forth on the edges of the greening lawn. I’ve been called here to encourage a group of farm families.
Imagine that as you’re a young farm couple knowing how painful it is to wake up and realize that between off-farm jobs and the intensity of marketing grain and running the business, you haven’t checked your oil lately. You have no real close friends, you work hard, and you fear you are on the same path as your parents whose lives have run dry.
Being a self-renewing farmer is really important in the spring when running water causes panic to set in, things need to be done in a timely fashion, and the pressure is on!
Extreme self-care means checking in on what gives you energy and keeps you resilient to all the stress of the season. Support systems of a loving understanding spouse, a caring friend, and the fellowship of the guys at the coffee shop or your care group at church are crucial for thriving.
In the Bible, oil is used for anointing people for special assignments from God in leadership, and it is used for healing.
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James [5:14]. When we are sick, stressed out or sad about our relationships, we can ask God for help. Our support systems include friends and family who are willing to encourage us socially, emotionally and spiritually. I am curious if you have someone in your life who you can call at 3 in the morning for help and support. I wonder if it has been a long time since you filled up your dry well with the refreshing water of renewal from your faith. Have you made that phone call to the friend that’s been on your mind for weeks?
Promptings to act need to be followed through with action. Lubricating your body, mind and spirit with a strong connected support system will keep your life engine running well.
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Elaine Froese is a catalyst for courageous conversation and positive change. She is called to encourage farm families in practical ways as a professional speaker, business coach, and author.