“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”–Mark 12:30-31
With everything in me, I do my best to love my lord with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. But when it comes to loving my neighbors as myself, that is way harder because I’m not always good at loving myself fully. I too often compare myself to others and feel like I’m not worthy. She’s prettier than I am. She’s so much better at that than I am.
Yet the truth is I am worthy. I have been given wondrous gifts by God; gifts that are meant to be shared. The truth is when I truly am seen, known and loved, I can love my neighbors as I love myself much easier.
God sees us.
God knows us.
God loves us…
Which is why God sent God’s son to die on the cross for each of us.
Oh what kind of wondrous love is that: the kind of wondrous love God calls us to share in this broken world.