Take Care of Self & Others

Xavier Woon
3 min readNov 23, 2020

Read Mark 8:1–10

Photo by Santiago Lacarta on Unsplash

Reflection
Where ever Jesus went people followed Him. He taught those who gathered around Him to listen to His parables. Again, there was a large crowd of 4,000 people who listened to Him preach and they were with Him for three days. By then, they were hungry and Jesus was afraid that when He dismissed them to their homes, some of them might faint. Turning to His disciples, He asked what provisions they had. His disciples had only seven loaves of bread and a few small fish. Just like what He did for the crowd of 5,000 people, Jesus gave thanks to God, broke the bread, and asked His disciples to give them to the people. He blessed the fish and did likewise. Miraculously, after the crowd had eaten the bread and fish, there were still leftovers, seven baskets full. This was the second time Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of bread and fish. When He did it the first time, the people were Jews (Mark 6:35–44). This time, the people were the gentiles. This showed that the Word of God was first intended for the Jews and now, for the gentiles also.

Corporate Leadership
At times, a boss may over-stretch his staff when there is an urgent piece of work to be done. The staff knows when to put in their best effort for the sake of the company. Some of them will also take some work back home to complete them. However, if overtime work is done routinely, people will experience fatigue. Productivity will fall. If a boss does this over an extended period of time, people may suffer from chronic ailments. There are limits to our bodies. Jesus preached for long hours. Even though His teachings were inspirational, He knew that His listeners would feel hungry eventually. He showed God’s generosity by multiplying the loaves so that all His listeners’ hunger was satisfied. Likewise, good leaders know when to push their staff and when to take a time-out. They know when emotions need to be tempered during a stressful period. Amidst a tense working environment, good leaders also need to take care of themselves so that they have the energy to take care of others. This way, the whole team is able to progress in a sustained way. Diana, Princess of Wales said, “Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.”- XW

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