Learning to Love Yourself

With Valentines Day around the corner, I wanted to discuss the importance of love. I believe that love holds such a strong presence in our lives. Everyone wants to feel loved, to be loved, to experience love.

We reach out so far and put our heart out on the line for this feeling and experience crushing defeat when we are rejected. To feel unloved is to feel heartbreak, failure and absolute loss all mixed into one horrible concoction and poured into our vulnerable self-image. I can tell you that I’ve been there. I’ve looked in the mirror thinking, “Why am I not wanted?” pulling and picking my feeble self-esteem to threads. We are our hardest critics. We feel a void in our chest, a gaping, bottomless black hole and search every dark crevice of the Earth, desperate to fill it.

I’m here to tell you that it’s ok to feel sad. It’s ok to feel loss. But it is never ok to feel unloved. God’s love for us is unconditional. He loves us so much that he sent his only son to this Earth to be crucified so we could be with him forever. His love for us is so much greater than any ounce of worldly satisfaction. In fact, I believe that he reaches out to us every day, calling to us, begging for us to hear him. I believe that when you look in the mirror and ruthlessly pick apart the beautifully unique work of art that is your spirit, he looks to the hands that he used to create you with sorrow.

I know that this post is a lot deeper than what I normally write, it’s not about cute shoes or makeup. I wrote this post because I woke up this morning with a mission, to reach out to as many people as possible. I want every child of God to embrace his love and reflect it out onto the world. As Valentines Day creeps upon us, I hear people talking about how “single”, “lonely” or “unlovable” they are. I want to run up to each person and say “You are wonderful, you are a creation of God. Who cares about what the world thinks, you are made for a marvelous, holy cause!”

So please, love every callous, freckle, laugh, curve and gap in your teeth. Love each tiny bit of unique loveliness that was woven together so thoughtfully by the hands of your Father. Of all the wonderful sacrifices God has made to be near us, the least we can do is love ourselves. The first step to a more fulfilled life, is loving yourself for who you are.

“Whoever gets sense and loves his own soul; he who keeps understanding will discover good”(Proverbs 19:8)

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