Day 2…Valentine’s Day!

As I was listening to music early this morning I was wondering about the ultimate love song to play on Valentine’s day.  I thought of “Longer” by Dan Fogelberg.  I love that song.  I thought about Chicago, Air Supply and Debbie Gibson…all artists of my upbringing in the 80’s.  Thinking more modernly, I was drawn to Taylor Swift singing, “We are never, ever, ever getting back together.”  Admittedly, this is not the ultimate love song, but definitely one to put in the breaking up repertoire.  Considering that I won’t be dressing my face up today to celebrate looking what I have long thought was my best, Whitney Houston’s words filled my imagination.  “The greatest love of all is happening to me…Learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all.”  Cheezy, I know.  But how true is this?

Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  My children often use this second scripture as license to hit back, assuming if they’ve been hit, the other child must be ok with that sort of behavior.  That’s not completely untrue.  Perhaps one of the learnings in these two verses is that Jesus assumes we love ourselves and that we expect good, descent, exceptional actions from others.  If we don’t love ourselves then this verse implies we don’t need to love our neighbors at all.  If we are ok with people treating us poorly then we can also treat others poorly.  Or maybe, if we don’t love ourselves we won’t be able to love others well.  Our love for others and generous actions towards others must be born out of a love for ourselves.  The love we have for ourselves comes from the deep knowledge and experience that God loves us, exactly as we are!!

Today I think I’ll remember to focus not just on how much I love my friends and family, but also on how much God loves me. That’s a pretty good reason to reflect on loving myself…just the way I am…bare face and all.

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