One of the things I’ve learned from 2014 is not to give conditions for when I am allowed to love myself. We’ve been so used to pin pointing the good we see in ourselves in order to justify where our self-worth comes from, that unconsciously we’ve built a society that has created a limited list of conditions before you can appreciate yourself.
I look thin today, therefore, I love myself.
I’m having a good hair day, therefore, I love myself.
I got a good grade this semester, therefore, I love myself.
My friends think I’m awesome, therefore, I love myself.
My parents are proud of me, therefore, I love myself.
I’m earning a lot of money, therefore, I love myself.
My boyfriend thinks I’m pretty, therefore, I love myself.
My girlfriend says I’m the best, therefore, I love myself.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t be happy about these wonderful blessings, but know that these things may change.
What if tomorrow you don’t look thin anymore?
What if today, you’re having a bad hair day?
What happens when you get into a conflict with your friends and they start to think you’re horrible?
What happens when you make a mistake and you disappoint your parents?
What if you lose your job?
This can go on and on because nothing in this world is permanent. And it’s pretty silly to base your
self -worth on fleeting things.
I love myself because I just do. I love myself because God does. And maybe in our world nothing is permanent, but in His Kingdom, His love is never ending and unfailing. So who cares if your hair is nothing but frizz? Love yourself. Someone doesn’t approve of you? Love yourself. You failed at something? Love yourself.
He doesn’t see your failures. He sees your beauty. He sees your victory.