Starting to blog again. Hopefully, this will turn into a video to post.
I have been looking into Loving Yourself…as referenced in the Bible verse “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
I just look at the verse and ask what does it mean…or how can I do it? So it says to love my neighbor…how much??? As much as I love myself. In order to love my neighbor I have to first love myself. It’s like turning it around…and that’s the way many good truths are stated. They put the result first, and the necessary action first…and probably the hard part also.
So what is harder, loving yourself or your neighbor…. a good question. Doesn’t seem like either is “easy” or that we even want to do it. Loving our noise-making, property crossing, and dirty neighbor is not something we want to do…and sitting down and seeing what we love about ourselves is not something we care to take the time to do. Maybe we are afraid of what we will find…maybe we will realize that there isn’t much there to love.
We might find that we are liars and unaccountable in almost everything we do…and that is not easy to deal with. And we are very good at seeing all the other negative things which don’t lend themselves to Loving Oneself either.
But we need to learn to Love Ourselves because we need to deal positively with the world…our neighbors. Otherwise, we end up in frustration, despair, and resentment which doesn’t end well.
So how do you learn how to Love Yourself? Well, it’s probably doing things you don’t enjoy doing…initially. Once you get started, though, you will find that the release and freedom that are the result will bring you back for more.
Imagine working through your inconsistencies….your self lies… and no longer being subconsciously burdened by them. Imagine being able you hold your head up in front of your family and friends, because you have dealt with your “issues,” and can now come from an honest and open place….meaning that you recognize and admit your failings, are making amends and making great strides in improving yourself.
Do you think you could love the “unlovable” brother-in-law better then? Would it make your life and maybe even his better?
Probably…most likely…for sure!!!