gave a clear command,
the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your
strength and with your entire mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself."
the progression; we start by loving God, then others and then ourselves. God
first, others second, ourselves last. Two extremes people fall into are
self-loathing or narcissism. The command of Christ avoids both extremes. Loving
yourself doesn’t occur in a vacuum, it occurs by focusing on God and others. Nor
does it discount that we are to “deny ourselves and follow Christ.” Or, as Paul
said, “I am crucified with Christ.” AS YOURSELF! Loving yourself is the starting
point to a proper relationship with God and others. Our attitude and feelings
toward God and others begins with our attitudes and feelings toward ourselves.
If you reject yourself you will reject God and others. On the other hand, if you
care for yourself you will care for God and others. Having a fulfilled
relationship with God and others begins with learning to love yourself.
“A Life in Your Hands.”
a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn;
a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight;
a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy;
a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty;
a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient;
a child lives with encouragement, he learns confidence;
a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate;
a child lives with fairness, he learns justice;
a child lives with security, he learns to have faith;
a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself;
a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
learns to find love in the world.
–Dorothy Law Holte
YOURSELF! What have you done for “You” lately?