That's what the flight attendants say. “If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.”
It seems counter-intuitive. Wouldn't it be more noble or selfless to help others first? The problem is, we have limitations. If we want to help others, we need to breathe.
That's why the apostle Paul tells Timothy, "Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers." - 1 Timothy 4:16.
Having an impact starts with ourselves. You can't comfort with promises you don't know. You can't chase the devil off if you aren't armed with the gospel. We need to fill ourselves up before we can pour into others.
The good news? God equips you. With more than enough. "Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." - John 7:38
Lord Jesus, you have promised to fill us with grace for every need. Make us like streams in the desert, that we might help others as you have helped us. Amen.