There are lots of times when the world may tell us that we should think of ourselves first and then, if we have time or energy, we should consider others. Thinking of ourselves is a necessary part of survival, but a different perspective can help us as we approach living in this world. Instead of beginning with thoughts of ourselves, we can begin with God and then work from the love that He provides!
God loves each and every one of us. When we are wrapped up in His love, we have love and empathy to spare. With an initial focus on God, we can then become messengers of His love, power, and glory. We can have love for both ourselves and for others. Jesus reminds us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We can find our worth in the purpose that God gives to our lives. After we have a purpose and love for ourselves, we can show God's grace, mercy, and love by treating our neighbors with the same respect and love that we have for ourselves!
Find love for yourself in God's love and then share it in the way that you treat others!
Thank You for the love that You have shown me. Help me to remember my value in You and to treat others with the same love and respect as I share Your glory, grace, and mercy. Through Jesus I pray, amen.