FamilyLife Blended® Minute

Self-Care or Selfishness

with Ron Deal | April 7, 2022
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    Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at

Is self-care the same as selfishness?

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Self-Care or Selfishness

With Ron Deal
April 07, 2022
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Ron: Is self-care the same as selfishness?

Announcer: For FamilyLife Blended®, here’s Ron Deal.

Ron: The Christian faith urges us to deny ourselves and serve others. But does that mean that all self-care is selfish? In Mark 1, after healing many people and drawing a crowd, the Bible tells us that Jesus disappeared the next morning. You can imagine lines of people spent the night waiting and the disciples can’t find Jesus. Turns out he went off by himself to pray. Huh, I think that’s self-care. And when pressured to go back to the crowds, the better option, he said, was to go preach somewhere else. I think that’s self-care, too.

Maybe self-care that orients you toward the purposes of God and prepares you to serve others isn’t selfish at all. For FamilyLife Blended, I’m Ron Deal.

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