I’ve never failed at criticizing myself, comparing myself to where I should be now and how my life should be going, so it came as a surprise to myself, and became a source of great pride and sign of maturity when, upon standing on the scales and realizing that after my trip to Europe I’ve gained 10 pounds, my first thought was “I’m going to love myself through it”.
(I want you to pause and reflect on that complex sentence. Perhaps Paul got nothing on me or perhaps he has some solid competition in the ‘complex sentence structure’. Someday in heaven, I will hear his thoughts!:))
I swear, everyone, that was my first thought. I didn’t think, “Gosh, how did I let this happen? How could I do this to myself?”. I didn’t deride myself or put extra pressure. I just instinctively decided to love myself because this is when I needed my own love the most. Mind you, this would not have been the case a few years ago. I was surprised and very happy to discover that I was no longer in that place of bringing myself down, but lifting myself up and that it was now second nature to me.
The inner being, the core of myself within me… spoke out.
Where am I going with this?
Bear with me, put on your cloak of patience and stay the course.
If we cannot love ourselves truly, and please don’t confuse this with doctrines of self love=selfishness, we cannot love others.
When we are able to love ourselves, be kind and compassionate and uplifting to our own very self, only then we can make the sort of impact on ourselves and others that will withstand the test of time.
How often are we kind to someone but to ourselves we don’t show that compassion? I am sick of hearing people say how stupid they are, that they never get it or will never be fit or cannot do it because they were never able to do it before.
Try again, I say. Forgive yourself and at least start with examining your thoughts. We are to hold captive the thoughts that do not serve us.
If you start sliding down the ” you are unworthy and etc.” channel, grab those thoughts quickly and replace them with good thoughts, sweet thoughts, noble thoughts. Double down on the holy thoughts.
So when I responded with my thought “I’m going to love myself through it,” I knew I arrived at a new place for me.
I could love others better. I could be more compassionate because I was no longer broken in that particular painful sector of my life. I was healed.
We all need so much healing. Be gentle to yourself.
Hey, these are tough times for many. The election has brought many to their knees.
We are broken. Our nation needs healing. We’ve seen many symptoms of discord and disease within the last few months and more…
Healing starts from within each one of us. Get over the disappointment. Stop dwelling on the negative. Stop avoiding looking in the mirror (as I’ve done on many occasions!). This is the time of truth and reevaluation.
Disease and discord will not be eliminated with more of the same.
Christians, God is still on the throne. What are you being depressed about? Rejoice, because you have someone to rely on, Who is always good no matter the circumstance.
People, you are beautiful. You are wonderfully made. You are the masterpieces of the Creator.
Treat yourselves as such. Honor who you truly are. In doing so, you will automatically treat others better. Love others more strongly and inspire everyone to follow suit.
We need love.
I love repetition, although sometimes redundant, it can hammer down the simplest of truths.
Be gracious to yourself and extend it to your family. Families, extend grace and kindness and respect to other families in your communities. Communities, set an example of unity and honor to the rest of the city. Cities, rise up and be the beacons of light this country needs so much.
I love this country. I love this land and I thank God for bringing me here.
I am not placed here randomly, like a Lego piece that flies out of the bucket. I am deliberately and strategically placed where I can make the most impact.
You as well.
This is the time when we all must learn
…to love ourselves through it.
Our country needs us. We need our country.
|My beautiful baby in Paris|