Loving God and Loving Others.
“Love your neighbor, as yourself.” Matthew 22:39
It sounds simple enough, doesn’t it??
But, there’s so many paths we can take with this one.
- Who is our neighbor?
- What does it mean to love your neighbor “as yourself?”
- How do we do this?
Before our 31 days are over, we’ll be touching on all of these. But before we can go any further, I believe we need to pause right here,
and take a slight detour on this journey.
Period. End of story.
Now, I’m not talking about an unhealthy, egotistical, self-centered kind of loving ourselves. I’m ashamed to admit, I lived for numerous years in that kind of awful perception of loving self. It was ugly and appalling. How did I have any friends??
Loving ourselves is having a healthy perspective of who we are. Embracing our true self, not necessarily in our eyes, but who we are in God’s eyes.
We are unique, special, one-of-a-kind. He created us extraordinary, not ordinary.
He created with special gifts and talents, to use for His glory and to bless others.
There is not one other person on this planet like you or like me.
As we talked about in yesterday’s post, we are loved by the One Who created us.
God wants us to love who we are. He wants us to appreciate how He made us. To glorify Him in loving everything about us. God creates beauty. Not junk.
Friend, you’re beautiful.
God wants you to see yourself as He sees you.
Beautiful. Wonderful. Amazing. Special. Awesome. Stunning. Unique. Rare. Loved.
I can’t make you love yourself. That’s something only you can do. I want nothing more for you today.
What’s one thing you can appreciate about yourself this very moment? What is something that makes you special? What personal, non-physical attribute makes you thankful?
I’ll start. I appreciate how God made me a morning person. I like the dimples He gave me. And, I’m thankful for the gifts and talents He’s blessed me with, such as writing and singing.
Now it’s you’re turn. You’re not bragging. You’re just loving who God created you to be.
And that’s a beautiful, God-glorifying thing!
Beautiful and loved. That’s you!
(Normally on Fridays you find here my Five Minute Friday post. In October, those have moved over to my Live Laugh Linger blog. Enjoy that joy-filled place over there, too.)
Sharing this with the community over at Counting My Blessings.
Day 3 of #31DaysLovingGodLovingOthers. Tomorrow we’ll come off the detour and take a look at Loving Others.
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