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Learning to Love Yourself

Valentine's Day is usually a time to show love to someone special in your life. Would you go out to buy a card and flowers for yourself? That would be weird! More often than we care to admit, we give ourselves verbal "beat up" sessions. If we could really hear ourselves as if listening to someone else say, "Hey, Ugly! You don't deserve a nice guy," or "You're so fat! No one would want to be with you." You would likely intervene by saying, "Be kind to yourself. You have a lot going for you. You are pretty, kind, intelligent. Don't put up with those messages you keep telling yourself." So, this Valentine's Day take the time to give yourself "Love & Truth" messages.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started on learning to love yourself:

  • Think about positive statements about you someone else has consistently told you. Write one or two of them down on Post-its. Put those notes by your mirror and read them to yourself every day.
  • Find Scripture passages telling yourself of God's love for you. Write them down on Post-its and put them in other places you will find them daily such as the refrigerator or on your computer/digital device.
  • Look at some pictures of yourself with friends or family that make you feel good. Remind yourself of the value these people place on their relationship with you. Put them in a prominent place where you can see them regularly.
  • If you could imagine what life would be like for your friends and family, as if you never existed, what valuable insights would be missing for them? What would they be like if they never heard you say how much you care about them? What valuable contributions have you made in someone's life, if removed, would be devastating to them if they never met you?
  • If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would you tell you that would change your outlook on life? Write it, take it with you to a place further away from where you live, and mail it to yourself. you want it to take more than 1 or 2 days to get back to you.

There are more than enough bad messages we hear about ourselves every day. We as Christians are probably the hardest on ourselves because we have been told what horrible, awful sinners we are. Beating yourself up is not humility. The truth of the matter is that sin is ugly, mean, horrible, and repulsive. God loves you. People tend to become the people they believe they. Then we view God and others in light of how we view ourselves (Matthew 22:34-40). It's time to start telling yourself the truth about yourself. Re-imagine yourself as the valuable child of God you are.Certainly we could all improve somewhere; however, we also need to extend some grace to ourselves. Learn to appreciate the person you are. God does.

May God bless you!

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