You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27) The two words "as yourself" are powerful. To some these words are like a screen door hinged on a summer cottage frame swinging freely back and forth between the comfortable open living room and the porch overlooking a serene lake. To others they are like a vault in the bank keeping wealth on one side and empty pockets on the other.
In the last couple of months I am discovering how much hinges, how much dissolves, how much rides, how much derails, on these two words. When I do not love myself I do not know how to love you well. When I love myself I know how to offer you acceptance full of grace and mercy! Not loving myself means draining you. Loving myself means filling you! These two words "as yourself" make all the difference!