Loving Yourself

“What comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about ourselves.” A.W.Tozer.

What do you think of yourself? All of your other relationships hinge on how you view yourself, on how much you love yourself. From this sense of self, emanates and radiates how much you will love others.

When I was in my high school algebra class one day, my teacher caught me and my best friend talking. He admonished us in front of everyone by saying, “You are just pretty blonde girls who are only interested in the boys. You will never be good at math anyway so you might as well not pay attention.”

Unfortunately, this message stuck with me for many years to the point where I avoided all math classes in college. Somehow, I held on to what my teacher said about me and it stunted my growth in many areas in life. I even remember re-telling it as being a joke, though nothing was further from the truth. It took me over twenty years before I finally learned through my quick ability to convert percentages and my studies of nutrition and chemistry, that I’m actually good with numbers!

Just as positive messages affect us in positive ways, so do negative messages affect us negatively. The negative messages can be louder and start accumulating early in life and if we hold on to them and believe them, they can contribute to our feelings of self-doubt moving forward.

What negative messages did you get growing-up? Maybe they came from a family member, a friend, or a teacher.  Are you willing to replace those negative thoughts with positive ones that give you courage and hope moving forward? It will make a world of difference in your life.

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