We live on a dirt road and we work in an office on a dirt road so our little SUV gets dusty. It gets washed and then gets dusty again...the cycle is endless. It is fairly common to see various messages written on car windows around the city.
This was the message left on our car the other day.
There are passages in Matthew, Mark and Luke that say "Love your neighbor as you love yourself". But our tagger flipped the message. "Love yourself as you love your neighbor." What great food for thought. For some of us loving our neighbor is easy but loving ourselves is the challenge.
Is it like that for you?
Do you need to cut yourself some grace and begin loving yourself the way you love your neighbor?
I confess that this is one of my struggles. I remember being taught this J-O-Y acronym in Sunday School as a child.
It is so much easier to have patience with someone in pain, or with the one who has made a mistake, or with that one who takes a little extra tolerance to work with than it is to be kind to and take care of myself.
I am realizing through this Year of Surrender that I have gotten some of God's words twisted. And I need to work them out. Jesus first, yes! Just like the J-O-Y acronym starts. But the Bible verse admonishes me to 'Love my neighbor AS myself''. Not 'instead of' or 'before'...as. As. As I begin allowing this to take root in my brain my attitude toward myself begins to change and I surrender another layer of the veneer that covers my heart.
I know that one day at a time and one issue at a time this season of Surrender will make me, mold me, and fill me with more of Him, more of His Word, and more of His grace.
May God help us work through the issues standing in the way
and the words that we have twisted in our lives
so that He may fit us for His service!
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