Sometimes we get so lost in the things we have. I thought I had it all: the cute boy I loved so much, the jobs that paid well, the fabulous trendy clothes of the season, the fun group of friends. I depended on these to bring me joy. What happens when that boy breaks your heart? Or when you lose that job? Or when those “friends” go behind your back? You begin to lose your identity because you depended on them to make you happy.You forget who you are.
How do you find yourself again?
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Think positive. Think good things.
What you focus on and what you seek reflects your heart. If you focus and seek the Lord first, you will find joy. If you want to live a life full of joy and love, fill your mind with joy and love.
Love yourself the way Christ loves you.
Loving ourselves is one of the hardest things to do because we can never be satisfied with who we are and how we look.
Loving yourself the way Christ loves you means seeing yourself as a work of art; a masterpiece, created to do wonderful and marvelous works for Him (Ephesians 2:10).
For example, the sinful woman who washed Jesus’ feet in Luke 7:36-50. The Pharisees saw her as a disgusting, sinful woman. She was so disgusting that they did not allow her to touch them for they feared her contamination. We consider many things to be beautiful. Feet are not one of them. Jesus’ feet was probably caked with dirt and and mud, and who-knows-what-else He was walking through, but the woman washed his feet with one of her most prized possessions: her hair.
Jesus did not care for her outer appearance. He loved her for her heart, for the service she did. And He forgave her.
Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little. (Luke 7:47)
We are more than physically beautiful. We are beautiful because He created us in His image (Genesis 1:27).We are beautiful because we are strong because of Him (Philippians 4:13). We are beautiful because we are valuable to Him. He bought us at a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). The Lord saw that it wasn’t good for man to be alone, so he created woman. He created the best for last.
Sometimes God takes things away from us to help us realize that He is the only one who can provide true happiness. He always wants you. You just have to want Him. The more you know about the One who loves you, the more you know just how much He loves you.
Measure your life in love.