IT'S OK TO LOVE YOURSELF

IN SUNDAY SCHOOL WE WERE ENCOURAGED TO FOLLOW JESUS' TEACHING about loving your neighbor as yourself. Loving my neighbor felt right, but I had a really tough time with the "as yourself" part. On the one hand, it sounded egotistical, as if I were supposed to puff myself up. On the other hand, I didn't think there was much good about me to puff up.

As I grew into young adulthood, I joined The Mother Church. While raising a family, I searched the Bible and Science and Health, looking for answers to the question it seems everyone comes around to at some point, "Who am I, anyway?" I wanted to follow Jesus' teaching. But if I was to love myself, I desperately needed to know just what there was to love. All I saw was a self-conscious, insecure, incapable, even downtrodden, individual.

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