Recovery traditions, both secular and faith-based, include these concepts.
“One has to take care of oneself first before they can hope to care for another.”
It’s common sense.
But is faith, common sense?
“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.” Ps. 61:1-4
As one who’s struggled to reconcile the issue? It’s bigger than it appears on the surface. It’s more important that a first impression yields.
Asking it another way — what place do my feelings have in my faith?