Unconditional Love…

10638633174_6dac720da0_b 2 Corinthians 4:16

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

Lets talk about self love! There was a time in my life when I didn’t love myself, at that time I wasn’t aware of it but my lack of self love was projected through my actions and things that I allowed. Eventually I grew to love myself more and demand respect in many ways but often, the love that we have for ourselves is conditional. Everyone stresses how love is truly unconditional when discussing relationships but I’ve never heard anyone tell me to love MYSELF unconditionally. I recently uncovered a hidden barrier about loving myself. Due to the health issue that I have been facing, I lost a ridiculous amount of weight. I’ve always struggled with my weight throughout the years, being a naturally thin girl. It took a lot of work for me to gain a BMI that I was satisfied with. Unfortunately, it’s takes a lot of effort for me to gain weight and almost none to lose it. After losing so much weight, it was hard for me to look in the mirror at first. My clothes were no longer fitting the same, and I was honestly disgusted by what I saw. In the past when I would lose weight, I would always try to stay lowkey until I gained it back. But this time was different. I realized that if I only love myself when I look a certain way then I don’t love myself at all. God loves me no matter what I look like and I should too. I challenged myself to get dressed, put on my heels and walk with my head held high. It felt so good to reach this new level of being comfortable in my own skin. I challenge you to love yourself today regardless of whether or not you’re where you desire to be physically or financially. The outside appearance and material things are only less than half of what makes you who you are. You are defined by your character, your heart and purest intentions. Everything on this Earth is temporary, and in the blink of an eye your appearance can be altered, your finances could be lost or significant other could walk away from you. If your identity lies in these temporary things, at any given moment your identity can be lost. Will you Love yourself before you achieve the fitness goal, that dream job, or your fairy tale wedding? Don’t allow insignificant things of the world to shake you to the core or disrupt the love that you have for yourself. Instead find your identity in Christ ️❤

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