This Sunday at church we were talking about loving others and the pastor used a verse that I have heard a ridiculous amount of times in my life, as I am sure most of you have too. In Mark 12:31 Jesus says, “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Throughout my life I have dealt with self-esteem issues, so depending on the day when I have heard that verse I may or may not have felt like I loved myself. I can literally remember thinking to myself at some point in the past, “I don’t love myself, so I’ve got this commandment down pat! I don’t even need to worry about it.” The days that I think that though are not my best days. Most of those are behind me, but I never really felt like I struggled with this verse even on my best days.
My best days I look at this verse and think that I’m a nice guy, I love others as much as myself all the time and the other days I don’t feel like I need to love people hardly at all since my love for myself isn’t that great, but this Sunday I felt God put a different thought in my head. I felt like God was telling me that even in my worst days I still love myself way more than I love others.
On my worst days, the days I feel the lowest, the days I feel like I like myself the least I still:
- Wake up and take a shower
- Feed myself
- Clothe myself
- Entertain myself
On my best days of loving others do I:
- Help others get clean?
- Feed others?
- Clothe others?
- Make others smile?
If on my worst days of loving myself I do way more for me than I love others on my best days, what more could I be doing on a daily basis?
I want to leave you with the challenge that I have been dealing with since Sunday.
How can we show our love to strangers, to those we wish we didn’t have to deal with, and to the ones we love? All three are challenges, but all three are necessary.