Love your neighbor as yourself…really?!
Mark 12:31 tells us to “…love (our) neighbor as (we) love ourselves.” Really? I thought I was supposed to love God with my every heartbeat, every breath, until I fall in exhaustion. And let me not add that I meant to also include, ‘love others just like that…’ Well, again, really?! I mean, the Bible is full of examples of people who- because God brought up from the pit of despair, gave victories over foreign armies, cast out demons and left their bodies safe and sound- served God with passionate devotion. And He is so worthy of everything we have. BUT! WE ARE HUMAN. While His supernatural power flows amazingly in our lives and supplies us with everything that we need for life and godliness, we do need do remember that we live in a human body, and we need to treat it with respect. In order to serve others well, you need to first ‘serve’ yourself. Okay, give me a second before you go around telling others I am against selflessness. I love selflessness. I try living it every day of the week, but what happens when you find yourself drained, used, and empty? Isn’t that an indicator that you’ve spent way too much time on others? You can never spend too much time on God, but you CAN spend too much time on others. So, “love your neighbor as you love yourself.” But how can you, if you don’t love yourself? I’m not talking about a narcissistic approach, that makes one in love with oneself, but you do have to take care, even love yourself in order to have the love necessary to love others, which can only flow from God. So, don’t forget to refocus on God, use that bathtub, do your nails cause you’ve typed enough for others, keep your head high. And yes, put God first, you second, people third. I’m glad I got that off my chest! 🙂