How often have you heard these words: “Love Yourself.” You hear a lot about love yourself these days.What does it mean? Does it mean think of yourself with value? Think of your body with value? How can you love if you don’t know what love means, or is?
I can remember a time when I disliked my whole being. It wasn’t just about my body, just me I didn’t want to be me. I wanted to be somebody else. Things happened that cause me to think like that. You can read my story and find out more. You can’t love yourself totally without having a basis to draw from, some way to understand loving and being loved.
That was the condition I was in some years ago. There are several things I learned about loving no matter what size, or what you look like, you love that person. . . YOU. My ideals of love were distorted.
I thought I was a mistake until a friend shared these words with me: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be discovered.” (Psalm 139: 14-16)
Those words were so different than what I had been hearing all of my life. I had to learn to love my physical body: get enough sleep, eat the right food, drink plenty of water and exercise.
That would demonstrate love and appreciation for what my creator had done. This was a tough one: learning how to use my body that had been violated as a child leaving me confused about love.
I had to re-think how I used my body and purposed to use it in a way that pleased God. When my body is sick, I have the responsibility of nourishing it back to health, always acknowledging that God owns me and my body.
If a sickness overwhelms me, overtakes me for a little while, my job is to love my body, not to get angry, because it is not performing according to God’s divine plan but to show love. More love is poured out by planting and watering with spiritual food daily so that I can become love in every way from me to others.
As I water daily with spiritual food. It fills me with life giving truths that I can fall back on in moments where I am struggling with love, loving or being loved. Loving yourself? It’s really not about me. It’s about loving the God that is in you and taking care of who he has created you to be and to do it with gladness, honoring Him.
Let me know what you think.
Keep the Faith,