Today, if you were to check my Facebook page, I had a to do list all mapped out. Well, somehow I got lost between posting that this morning bright and early and doting on myself. I went from wanting to knock things off my list to spending some me time in a matter of minutes. Will I get my list done today? Perhaps.
In life we get so caught up in pleasing those around us that we forget sometimes that we are just as important. We need to take time for us before we are broken and battered and of no use to others. I enjoy spending time with me. I like to see what magic I can do with my hair and make up. I like trying on clothes. I like decorating myself with diamonds just for fun. I guess what I am trying to say is simple: I like me.
Now, I did not arrive to this position about myself overnight and the older I get the more I like myself and who I have become. I have allowed God to change me from the inside. The more I believe what His Word says about me, the more I am happy to focus on me so that I can encourage others to do the same!
My husband asked me this morning why I was so good to him. Silly man, because I love you. But I can honestly say that I am as confident in who I am today because of his love. I was broken from a past relationship and it has taken time and a lot of healing for me to even say I like myself. God used my husband to love me back together. He picked up the broken pieces of my heart and gently and patiently helped me heal. I wrote him this Facebook post today:
God has used my husband to teach me the principle of loving myself. When I do not feel good about who I am, then I am not very easily persuaded to help anyone else feel good either. However, when I am confident in who I am, I can boldly help someone in need of a love tap. I can lovingly tell someone who is down and out and beating themselves up that they are worthy of love and mean it.
So how do we begin the journey of falling in love with who we are so that we can be a blessing to others? One step at a time. One Bible verse at a time. One minute for ourselves. One moment of encouragement can do a whole lot of good. Sometimes I wish I could start my career over and just become a motivator, then I think about the people I may have impacted and perhaps I already have done that.
Last point: the definition of love is an intense feeling of affection and the definition of yourself is you personally. Put these two together and you get this: Feeling intensely affectionate for you personally. I know that sounds a bit strange but let’s look at it from God’s perspective:
God feels intensely affectionate for you personally because God is love.
Wow! How powerful is that statement? Let that permeate through you right now. Allow that to just sink right in. When you realize the God of the universe is in love with who you are, it’s the first step to beginning to love you!
Dear God, I stand before you today with the knowledge that you love me personally. Help me to receive that into my spirit. Help me to see who I really am. Let the love process begin in me today. Show me something about who I am that I can love. Thank You for accepting me just as I am, a work in progress. I thank you for the revelation to come. In Jesus Name Amen