Are you ready to fly? Do you want to SOAR?! I know I do. I’m ready to take off. To soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and not be faint (Is 40:31).
Doesn’t that sound awesome? But there’s a problem. Most days I feel like I have lead feet. Heavy, leaded, dragging feet.
How do I FLY?! Lord, tell me! The beginning of the above verse says,
“those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength”
Man, I need me some renewed strength!
Do you know what’s in close relationship with hope? LOVE.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
That’s I Corinthians 13:13.
Flylady has an acronym for FLY that I find to be full of truth. Finally Loving Yourself.
I really wasn’t raised that way. To love myself. Others first, right? Loving yourself is dangerous because it could cause you to put yourself first. To trample on others’ needs. We need to be humble.
It wasn’t until I read a book by Rick Warren with this quote that I understood true humility.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. -C.S. Lewis
What did I learn? That it’s ok to love myself. In fact, dare I say God expects us to love ourselves? The gospels Matthew, Mark and Luke all tell us that the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbors (others) as we love ourselves. Actually, the Gospels simply recorded it. Jesus said it. We tend to focus on the “neighbors” part–and it’s extremely important, I’m not trying to diminish it–and ignore the “ourselves” part.
God loved us enough to send His Son to DIE a horrible death for us. The Bible is full of passages that describe how much He loves us. He created us. He LOVES us. So…if we don’t love ourselves, are we telling God He’s wrong?
Honestly, we don’t have the energy to love others if we don’t love ourselves, too.
Let’s FLY together, shall we?
Take care of yourselves, friends. Show yourself love.