Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Neighbor

When I hear the word neighbor, two things come immediately to mind:

1. Mr Rogers singing "Won't You Be My Neighbor"





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and,

2. Jesus speaking those timeless words, "Love your Neighbor as yourself.

You'd think loving someone as much as loving you would be an easy thing, right? 

I find we fall into two camps: we either love ourselves too much, or too little. In some ways, I think we love our COMFORT for ourselves more than anything, but I think the vast majority of us focus on our flaws, our shortcomings and failures. We don't even like ourselves, let alone love us.

It's a fine balance. Looking in the mirror and seeing a creation of God, yet being realistic and knowing how short we fall from being like Jesus.

I think it would be a grand thing if we would practice giving ourselves a little grace, in order to give our neighbor a little grace.

What say you?









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1 comment:

betty said...

I agree with you about giving ourselves grace first in order to extend grace to others. Its like they say when you are flying and the flight attendants give the safety/emergency instructions. They remind parents to put their own oxygen on first then help the children as you need to "save" yourself before you are capable of saving others. Same for grace I think. We need to healthily love ourselves before we can healthily love others.

betty