It’s pretty easy to wake up in the morning and remember that you love your spouse, children, parents, or friends. Most of us can pretty easily love those we live with and those whom we are attached to. However, the Bible has a quiet space that many of us do not “get”… “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Well, we stretch up and sit up straighter and say “I can love my neighbor” and though we’re challenged at times, we see that as a noble commandment we work to do. However, those two little words take it to another meaning “as yourself” and I’m here to tell you, for some of us that means our neighbor isn’t loved very much. I know I often get the “love others” part of my focus really easily, I want to do well for them, I want to honor God in working with them, but I might miss the measure if we’re working from the perspective of how much I love myself. Oh I love my ways, my habits, and my chocolate, but that’s a little different than loving myself. It’s much easier to believe I am not enough, a mistake maker, a mess maker, and somewhat a reprobate in the area of holiness. Can you relate?
The thing is, God loves us just as we are. He adores us, actually. His Word says we are His and He is ours, regardless of the day we’ve had. Regardless of the mistakes we’ve made, when we come repentant to our Father, He loves us even more for seeking Him. This week as school starts, as mistakes are made, as schedules try our patience and we work to figure out all the new systems of Fall for ourselves, and our families…let’s remember to love ourselves. After all, if God finds value in our existence so much that he created us…isn’t it time we realize we’re worth loving and let Him be strong where we are weak…isn’t that what relationships are all about? After all, God is God…and I am not.