How much do you love yourself?
The reason I’m asking is that it’s easy to fool yourself.
You can’t love others fully until you love yourself.
Recently I was privileged to receive some private coaching from Kevin McCarthy, author of “The On-Purpose Person: Making Your Life Make Sense.” That book has sold more than 250,000 copies and I highly recommend it.
With the help of Kevin’s coaching I developed my own personal two-word purpose statement:
I exist to serve by INSPIRING LOVE.
That sounded great to me, but then Kevin drilled down further. He explained that I must manifest my purpose in three relationships: 1) God, 2) Self, and 3) Others in that order and the first others I am to love are my wife and children.
When I examined myself, I seemed to be doing well loving God. However, I realized that somehow over time my priorities had gotten out of order. As a servant leader, I was giving, giving, giving to meet the needs of others, often at my own expense or the expense of my wife.
To me, loving myself means getting adequate rest, eating well, exercising daily, saying no to things that don’t fit into my schedule, being a good steward with our family finances, having ample “me” time, etc.
When I discovered I was fishing in the wrong pond (i.e. serving too many of the wrong clients) and made adjustments accordingly, I began having more free time and my problem with priorities began resolving.
What about you?
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you love yourself?
How do you know?
What would people who are closest to you say?
Blessings to love yourself in real terms so you can love others more fully!
1) Queens of the Kingdom webinar with Ingrid Budag on Tues Sept 11 at 8 pm EST.
Ingrid Budag was born and raised in South Brazil in a family of German descendants. From a troubled childhood and a rebellious adolescence, she met the Lord when she was about to take her own life at 18 years of age. The Lord surprised her two years later when she became Miss Brazil and a runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant. In her own words, “The Lord took me from milking a cow to the stage of the Miss Universe pageant.” Many surprises were in store for her including a ten-year stay in Israel.
Ingrid’s amazing story will inspire anyone who believes in a God of tender mercies, sweet surprises, and fierce love. Through miracles, adventures, heartbreak, and new beginnings, her life is living proof of Romans 8:37, ‘We are more than conquerors through Him Who loves us.
2) Family Savings Coop – started by Robert and Cheryl-Ann Needham
$3,000 in guaranteed savings (grocery and dining) for a single $30 investment
3) My Hope with Kathryn Scott and Paul Baloche – 5 min YouTube video; referred by Lyn McClendon