Well, y’all, it’s a new year!! My husband, a faithful gym-goer, dislikes January because the gym is always crowded for the first few weeks of the year, until people give up on their resolutions. Personally, I have never been one to make New Year resolutions; January 1st has always been just another day to me. However, this year I’m trying something different…instead of resolutions (most likely unrealistic expectations of myself that I’m bound to fail), I am setting goals. Achievable goals that I will have all year to accomplish! (Bonus points if I do them in less time!).
This year, I will focus on not only seeing others through God’s eyes, but also myself. You know the saying “I’m my own worst critic”? It is very true for me. In my eyes, I am a flawed failure, and even when I succeed at something do not allow myself accolades. I have realized this past year that in order to love others as myself, FIRST I must love myself!! The bible says before God formed me in the womb, He chose me and set me apart. (Jeremiah 1:5). Can you imagine?? God, the creator of the universe, cared about me before I was even in my mother’s womb! Then, knowing I would mess up, sent His son to die on a cross, so that I can have a relationship with Him! WOW!! If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. I wouldn’t send my son to die for anyone, ya know?
So, if God loves me that much, why do I not love myself more? Can I truly love others if I don’t understand God’s love for us all–including myself?
For 2023, my goal is simple: to learn to love myself the way God does, and in doing so, learn to love others. Through growing closer to Him each day through prayer, studying His word, hearing His voice, obeying Him, I pray I will come to see myself through the eyes of my Creator, Who loves me so much “the very hairs of my head are numbered” (Luke 12:7).
Guess what? He loves you that much, too.