March 11, 2013

Something I learned living in southern Illinois is that to be a healthy, thriving person I need to be myself.

After three years of wearing a false smile and agreeing to disagree I realized I was not loving myself.

This lack of love towards who I was doesn’t really flow with my faith. The greatest commandment in scripture is “love The Lord your God with all your heart and, with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself”

Did you catch that?

I cannot love my neighbor unless I first love me.

And to be honest I really do like a lot about myself. I am funny, I am intelligent, I am a good leader, and of course I could go on and on…but I also have things in my life I’m not proud of and often try to hide from my community, God, and myself.

So, what does loving me look like? Well the first commandment paints a picture of loving The Lord holistically, so maybe loving me should look holistic.

I should love myself physically; Taking care of my body and eating well. Pushing myself to let go of any addictions in my life.

I should love my self emotionally; Creating healthy boundaries and cut off dead weight. Also be willing to work through emotional issues within my own life.

I should love myself intellectually; challenging myself to new bounds and going through and clearing up my muddy pre suppositions and misconceptions.

I should love myself spiritually; Getting involved within a community of believers and becoming vulnerable to their guidance. Also allowing my soul to be challenged by scripture, friends, and prayer.

Of course I don’t really have this figured out. This is just some guidelines that I have discovered along the way. I have realized that if I am not loving myself well, then my joy is easily stolen. I get grumpy, cynical, and negative.

I only have a short time on this earth and I would like to be as joyous as I can.


2 Responses to “Being”

  1. Jess Baker said

    I like this. 🙂 It’s a good reminder for me & I like your guidelines.

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