Put on Your Oxygen Mask First

April 25, 2018

Put on Your Oxygen Mask First

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.” - Deuteronomy 6:5-7


How many times have you heard flight attendants give their spiel about putting on your oxygen mask FIRST before helping someone else with theirs? While it's something I now tune out from my beloved Southwest flight attendants, I’ve never thought about that regulation being applicable to something often emphasized in the Bible.


In today’s verse, we hear how we should imprint God’s commandments to love Him on our hearts, and then (but not before) onto the hearts of others. While the verse’s primary message could be for you superhuman Mommas out there busting it to raise babies up in the Word, as a childless woman, I really take it to heart as an across-the-board message to MODEL first, TELL second. Rather than practice what we preach, the action should take place first: Practice THEN preach. It’s easier to preach about the importance of fully loving God, and not be the one who models that love to those who are doing or saying something we don’t agree with. Because here’s the hard-hitting truth: if we aim to fully love God, we must fully love others. Does anyone else feel the gut punch in that?


I can’t in the same breath attempt to preach the love and Word of God while condemning or judging another. I can’t in clear conscience refuse to forgive someone for wronging me when I continually say how thankful I am that the Lord forgives my transgressions and shortcomings with each new sunrise. Falling short or making a mistake when I call myself a Christian is not what could label me as a hypocrite, but saying I love God and then not loving my neighbor without a doubt will. Today’s truth reminds me that If I aim to love God with all my heart, that means showing that love in my interactions with others, making sure they see Christ’s loving image in me.


“Let’s not just talk about love, let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality.” - 1 John 3:18-19


Weekly Challenge: Let’s aim to put on our ‘masks’ FIRST before correcting or directing someone else.






Also in Wheatful Woman Blog

Amazon Maternity Favorites
Amazon Maternity Favorites

November 29, 2022

A few of my favorite things on Amazon this pregnancy!

View full article →

Walking Through The Valley
Walking Through The Valley

October 05, 2022

There’s something powerful about the view from a mountaintop. It’s something we hope for, and desire to see…especially in seasons of walking into a valley. We all have valleys; some, may have just been overcome…others, may have just begun.A valley is a place, a journey, that at times fills us with complete uncertainty. But it’s also a space, and if you’re willing - an open invitation, for The Holy Spirit to heal you, to redeem you, and to set you free. “Even though I walk through the darkest ...

View full article →

How do we respond to the nearness of God?
How do we respond to the nearness of God?

August 24, 2022

How do we respond to the nearness of God? Sometimes, I think we fear that He is all knowing, aware of our every shortcoming. Believing we are far too broken to be recipients of His grace and love. It can be very overwhelming to be human and become easily overwhelmed, frustrated and sad. Our flesh sometimes leads us to respond in ways we are not proud of and ways that do not reflect our Father. God's great desire for us is that we would recognize our need for Him. Without awareness of our weak...

View full article →

Join our email list to receive weekly Wheatful Wednesday devotionals!