Flowers, candy, cards, plush stuffed animals, chocolate-dipped strawberries, are traditional gifts on this day to demonstrate love between people. Most people desire love, and during this holiday millions of dollars are spent on professing our love for one another.
I propose a challenge. I ask you to look within yourself and commit to loving yourself most. It sounds crazy and selfish, but it is actually what God wants us to do. All translations of the Bible contain at least thirteen scriptures in which God commands us to love ourselves. It might feel strange to look in the mirror and say, “I love you.” to yourself, but it helps those of us who struggle with self-worth.
Loving yourself means the following:
- Accept the fact that you often succeed, but sometimes you fail.
- Forgive yourself for mistakes you made, and celebrate the triumphs.
- Take care of your physical needs, so you will be strong to care for others.
- Give generously to people in need, and encourage them to pay it forward.
- Find joy and share it because it grows each time it is shared.
- Live each day as if it is your last, for the more you accomplish in a day, the stronger you feel.
- Look in the mirror and believe you are beautiful. You were created by God for glory.
- Gift yourself love every day because you cannot give what you have not.