Healthy helpers best suited to help others
___By Dan Martin
___Texas Baptist Communications
___ARLINGTON--Personal health is the key to helping others through crisis, Brooks Faulkner told participants at the Church and Random Violence Conference.
___"What does it take for you to be healthy enough to respond when a crisis occurs?" asked Faulkner, head of LifeWay Christian Resources' LeaderCare program. He offered seven suggestions:
___ "Laugh a lot," he said "Keep a 'gig-lio-graphy' of things which may not make you laugh but amuse you. Keep them around so you can look at them when you need to. Laugh and keep on laughing."
___ "Hang out with friends," he suggested. "Jesus 'hung out' with Mary and Martha and Lazarus. He liked to be with them. They did something for him."
___ "Turn loose of the child in you and learn to play," he said, quoting Psalm 131. "Necessity may be the mother of invention, but playing is the father. Learn to play; it prepares you for crisis and for good health."
___ "Walk, don't run," Faulkner said. The principle includes both following Jesus and taking care of yourself. He suggested exercise and nutrition to take care of the physical body and encouraged his listeners to release their stress by remembering that God has something better for people than they can ever see or imagine.
___ Control the tongue, he said, citing James 1:26. "Think before you speak."
___ "Live it up," he added. "This is not a license to sin but a license to live. Say, 'Yes!' to life."
___ Pray, he urged. "Come apart so you don't come apart. Jesus constantly withdrew to revive himself. He prayed and spent time with God so he would have the strength to meet the challenges of the day."
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