Put on Your Oxygen Mask
By Stacy LaMorte
You have likely heard people say that, as parents, we have to be sure to take care of our health so that we can be the best version of ourselves.
Our spiritual health is no different.
On a plane, the flight attendant explains that in case of loss of cabin pressure, adults should put on their own oxygen mask first and then apply one to their children who cannot do it themselves. This is because if we lose consciousness in a flight emergency, we can’t help our children.
If we lose sight of God in our lives and how the Holy Spirit is living and growing within us, we can’t help our children identify him in their lives either.
How are you nourishing your faith life?
I know I am probably “preaching to the choir” with this post; if you are plugged into a source like NOLA Catholic Parenting, you are likely someone who takes time for his/her faith life. So, now that your oxygen mask is on, who can you help?
Do you have siblings, friends or other family members who could use a resource like this? Have you invited them to follow us or forwarded an article to them? If not, maybe now is the time to do so. We never know the ripple effect one small action like that can have in the lives of others.
If you are plugged into a prayer group, bible study or other spiritually fulfilling group, can you invite a friend?
It is scary sometimes to open yourself up to someone rejecting your offer, but, like I always tell my kids, if you don’t ask, the answer is definitely no!
So, I am glad you are putting on your spiritual oxygen mask and so is God! It allows you to be a better spouse, parent and friend. Now it is time to turn to your children and neighbors to check on them.