I’m a little late getting this out today. I have had my nephew with me since yesterday afternoon and that makes getting any writing done a little hard. But it is so worth it to have him here.
This week I have been challenging you to celebrate God’s love this Valentine’s Day. On Tuesday I shared with you 5 ways that you can love God. Yesterday I shared with you some simple ways that you can love others. Today I want to share with you some ways that you can love yourself.
I don’t have any Bible verses that tell us that we should love ourselves. Actually the Bible seems to take it for granted that we do. More often than not the Bible talks about humbling ourselves and not building ourselves up too highly than it talks about loving ourselves.
But for some of us loving ourselves doesn’t come easily.
It is easier to take the focus off of us and serve others than it is to be the center of attention even if it is just our own attention. We worry more about what others think of us than what the Lord thinks of us. We think that we are being unselfish by putting others first, but more often than not we are doing it out of selfish ambition.
Loving ourselves seems selfish so we say “yes” to requests that we don’t want or need to do. We are tired and worn out and making time for ourselves seems like a pipe dream.
But it is important that we do so. God rested on the 7th day. Jesus frequently took time to himself to meet with the Father and to rest.
It is important that we make time for ourselves to rest and spend time with God. If we don’t we only wear ourselves to the point that we can’t do what we are called to do. I know. I’ve been there.
Here are some ways that I am learning to use to show love to myself:
1) Eat healthy meals. By eating foods that are healthy we are giving our bodies the fuel that it needs to get done everything we have to get done.
2) Drink lots of water. In the last few weeks I have been slowly switching from drinking sodas to drinking water. I was drinking 3 or 4 sodas per day and now I am down to 1 per day. I also went from drinking no water to drinking about 60 oz per day. What amazes me is how just that little switch from soda to water makes me feel even though I haven’t completely cut out the soda.
3) Exercise. Okay, I have to admit that I still haven’t started on this one. Other than going on an occasional walk that is. But it is something that the Lord has been convicting me about lately.
4) Get enough sleep.
5) Spend 10 minutes a day doing something you love. It doesn’t matter whether it is reading a book at the end of your day, painting, dancing, writing, singing, refinishing furniture, building something, crocheting, or knitting. Whatever it is that you love to do set aside some time each day to do it even if it is only 10 minutes.
6) Make a list of 25 great things about you. I read this one in the book Table for One by Camerin Courtney. I think it is a great idea, but if you are uncomfortable with that, look for 25 Bible verses that tell you what God thinks about you.
7) Learn something new.
8) Pamper yourself. Get a mani/pedi, a massage, or a makeover. Can’t afford those? Take a bubble bath. Light some candles and play some soft music.
9) Follow your dream. If God placed a dream in your heart, pursue it.
10) Create a list of things you would like to do and start doing them.