Monday's Healthy Mind
Monday's Healthy Mind.
Loving Yourself is a Daily Job!
Hey ladies... Let's talk about love.
Love is an action, a need and nourishment. When we think of love, we tend to gravitate towards love between two people in a physical relationship, a parental love, parent to child and possible friendships. But what about the love we have for ourselves? Before we talk about loving our spouses, boyfriends, children, family and friends, lets talk about that.
Hmmm... Boy, the waters tend to get murky there don't they? If we equate the true meaning of love while applying it to ourselves, we usually don't equate this at all.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
When St. Paul writes about love, the understanding is what love is and should be, one to another.... But what about ourselves. There isn't a specific, specified within this text so let's of course assume this too applies to our personal brings as well.... shall we?
Love is patient and kind;
Ask yourself, are you patient and kind to you?
When you do or try something that doesn't first succeed, how do you respond and what do you say?
Love does not envy or boast;
Ask yourself, when someone else succeeds at a thing, are you genuinely happy for them? And when you succeed at a thing, are you boastful? Or, are you truly happy for yourself? Or, do you downplay it?
It is not arrogant or rude!
How often are you arrogant and rude?
Apply this question to yourself as well as to others.
Love is not irritable or resentful;
Ask yourself, are you easily irritated with others AND yourself? Do you resent others AND yourself and WHY?
It does not rejoice in wrong doings, but rejoices in truth;
Again, and honestly ask yourself; deep down, what do you rejoice in? This question requires true depth and soul seeking and only the truth will bring you wisdom and freedom.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Ask yourself, are there limits to the things you can bare, endure and hope for? Especially concerning yourself!
With each of these questions you ask yourself, being completely honest, you will find the levels and limits in which you truly love yourself. Learning to love who you are allows you to examine your authentic self and self-worth. If you don't feel worth for yourself, it is probable that you won't have much for others; and in most times, not in a purposeful way, just unwittingly. The other side of that is having too much worth for others and not enough to none for yourself. This is when looking to others for validation is your way of life. That is not love, that is lack.
Searching yourself to find the answers of how much or how little you love the creation God has made in His image is the ONLY key to a peaceful existence with yourself. Along with the knowledge that there isn't a perfect woman yet a perfected God within her is all the success you need to loving who you are, imperfections and all!
Remember ladies that this is a daily exercise for most of us who are striving for acceptance. Knowing that loving the God within you first on this journey is the key to each successful day in accepting and loving who you are.
God is Love and that Love lives inside of you!