Jesus tells us to love our neighbors, as ourselves. Great! But how do we do that, when we do not first love ourselves? And for that matter… how do we love ourselves? Is it about a pampered day at a spa? No - unless of course you plan to love those around you that way, and
Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21
When we think about ourselves, who do we say we are? What are our thoughts about self? I know that when I say those words, my initial thoughts are - I don’t think about me. But is that true?
It is easy to run ourselves down, but why? When we look at a concept called Social Comparison Theory, it tells us that we are often comparing ourselves with others. In the age of social media and digital air-brushing, the impact is often fairly negative.
But the truth is that this isn’t new. The battle to keep up with our neighbors or peers is an age old conundrum . The problem with it is that you can never win. The comparison cycle goes on and on and if we continue down that path long enough, we can destroy ourselves - mentally, emotionally and financially.
What if we stepped off the comparison treadmill and looked at things from a different paradigm?
When Leonardo DaVinci looked at a block of granite, he saw an image that was present beneath the surface before he hit it with the first strike of the chisel. The Creator can always see the end from the beginning because He has a plan.
The same is true for you. Your Creator, God Almighty, can see who you are and what you are meant to be, even if no one else can. He call us “chosen”, “a child of the king”, “saved”, “forgiven” and a “masterpiece”.
Let’s redirect our minds and hearts to hear what our Creator is saying…
We can do this by seeking Him in His word. Devotionals are good sources for this. I use a free one called - Our Daily Bread. I read it almost every morning as part of my daily routine. It fills me with His word and some stories that help me to apply it to my life.
Also, you might consider my new book - Your Life Matters. I talk about this subject at length and I think you may find some encouragement there as well. It’s available here on this website or you can go to Amazon and look up the title plus my name -
God Bless You!
Why Pastors Need to Stop Preaching What People Want to Hear - Joe McKeever Christian blog and commentary on Crosswalk.com. — Read on www.crosswalk.com/blogs/joe-mckeever/why-pastors-need-to-stop-preaching-what-people-want-to-hear.html
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