I was taught loving myself was bad. You can love others and you have to love God, but never yourself. When I was ten, I moved in with my mother. I was then basically an only child. A few years later, my mother was divorced and it was just her and I. There began to be a role reversal. I was the one who house hunted when we needed to move. At twelve, I would call the landlord, get all the info and then when it sounded good, have them talk to my mother. I began to feel the thing called entitlement that we bemoan of the younger generation. I thought about this. Those my age are constantly speaking of this next generation as entitled. I use to think this meant they loved themselves too much, but that’s not the case.
I began to think about it. This is a generalization, but this generation and even my generation to some degree have been:
Spoiled but rejected
Privileged but unloved
Sexy but filled with self-hate
Loving ones self is not about having the latest brands or being selfish. It is looking in the mirror and seeing yourself a little lower than the angels. (Ps. 8:5, NIV, Heb. 2:7). It is realizing the Creator, God, died for you. It is behaving in the knowledge, you are royalty.
I began to think about how I could show love for myself. I came up with a very short list, but I think it says a lot.
1. Taking time for myself. I’m worth loving. (Jesus thought so.)
2. Loving my body. Asking myself before making a choice, “Is this loving my body? Is this letting myself live instead of burying in escapism through food and mind numbing activities?”
3. Is this activity reflecting the breath of God in me? (Gen. 2:7) Am I truly living?
We were made for Love.
Love this song. I’m a Lover of Your Presence song by Kim Walker.