1 Timothy 4

1 Timothy 4:16
Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching.

This verse is a critical call to self-care. When you’re in the ministry you love taking care of others. But if that’s all you’re doing you won’t be doing it for long. You’re liable of burning out, or, God-forbid, suffering a moral failure. To the extent that you watch your ministry, make sure to watch yourself. If you hold others accountable, hold yourself accountable. If you admonish others, admonish yourself. If you take care of others, make sure to take care of yourself and open your life to the care of others.  
The ministry and the minister run parallel tracks. Don’t spend all your time tending to others, when you don’t tend to yourself. Maintain both rails and the train will motor on to the glory of God.
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