posted on February 09, 2012 15:30
Do you believe that love is the most powerful force upon the earth? Do you believe that love conqueres all? What is the meaning of love? The Wikipedia tells us that love is an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment.
There are many different ways to interperet love. The love of a spouse, the love of parents, the love of a friend, the love of oneself. Probably the hardest of these is to love thyself. Remember in the New Testament when Jesus says, "Love your neighbor as yourself"? Interestingly, he doesn't say love your neighbor more than yourself. If we want to truly share our love with the world we must first love ourselves.
I know it's hard because yourself knows all of your dirty secrets. Yourself knows when you didn't and should have. Yourself knows how you said the wrong thing at the wrong time. Yourself knows that you could've done better. Should have known better. One of my dear friends, Sister Patty Campbell, taught me that I should never, "Should on myself."
What if for one day we truly loved ourselves the way God intended us to love ourselves? What if for one day you treated yourself the way you would treat your favorite person in the world. Remember God dwells within our being. If we're not being nice to ourselves, in essence, we're not being nice to Him. This Valentines Day love and honor all of those special people in your life, but first take time to love and honor yourself. I guarrentee if you do this you will love and honor everyone more.