How do you love yourself? What does that look like? What does that feel like?
A young lady asked me that today. You would think that everyone knows how to do this, but she didn’t. She’s been busy looking for love in all the wrong places. Now she’s in pain, mad and frustrated.
This is how I answered her:
“You love yourself by only allowing good in your life because you don’t deserve the bad.
You love yourself by not filling your body with toxins, by not allowing anyone, including yourself, to abuse you emotionally or physically.
You love yourself by using what God has Blessed you with to accomplish everything you put your mind to do.
You love yourself the way you want to be loved, otherwise nobody else will.
You love yourself first in order to receive the respect you deserve.
You love yourself by owning your faults and working to fix them; by never stop trying to be the best you can be, both inside and outside.
You love yourself by forgiving yourself for all of the things you’ve done wrong.
You love yourself by giving yourself a break and letting Jesus take the wheel because He knows the way.
You love yourself by reminding yourself that you are loved and never alone; by asking Jesus to come into your life and show you what real love is.
You love yourself by putting Him first in your life, because He is there when nobody else is; because He knows everything about you and still loves you.
That’s how you love yourself. That’s what you deserve. That’s what you need. That’s how you love. I learned the hard way that not loving yourself opens the door to heartache and pain. I learned in order to be loved the right way, you must first know what that feels like. If you don’t, then you’ll accept anything and anything isn’t good enough.”
I’m thankful I went thru the bad to get to the good. I’m thankful I could answer her question. What about you, could you have answered her question? Have you been thru the bad to get to the good? Better question… do you know the good?