A wise preacher once remarked, “If you find you can’t do ANYthing else, keep it short.” So in that spirit I’ll offer something that’s been bumping around my mind for the past couple of days:
I’m beginning to be convinced that one of the reasons why our society seems to have what the bible calls “hardness of heart,” is because we have a hard time loving ourselves. Forgiving others seems to be easier than forgiving ourselves…being tender and compassionate with others seems to be easier than giving those small bits of grace to ourselves.
I’ve read in a number of publications and articles that we have a very difficult time loving or even accepting anyone else unless first we are able to accept and love ourselves. So how can we love the “other” if we cannot take delight, joy, wonder, have an appreciation for, and LOVE ourselves? Jesus says that the second great commandment is that we love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31). Pretty hard to do if we can’t first love ourselves.
Take a moment today–right now actually–and think about the many ways (or even ONE WAY) that you are loveable…yes, this might be more difficult than you imagine. Then give a think to the fact that God–THE God, the creator of all that is–knows you through and through and LOVES YOU anyway. You are beloved of God. (want proof?)