I like spring green.
I like hot baths every day.
We could all make a list of things we like.
But would you be on that list?
Do you like yourself?
What a loaded question.
This question can reach deep into our soul and churn up emotions we’d rather not deal with. It strikes the chord of insecurity that ripples through us in a nanosecond.
We wonder if we’re good enough. We want to acceptable. We want to measure up.
Am I likeable?
Am I acceptable?
Old fears and insecurities flood our minds. Past mistakes and failures cloud our perception of who we are today.
We place our identity on our job, education, degrees, social status, etc. We try and prove ourselves to the world. Our acceptance is based on performance.
We say, “If I have the right <<insert whatever>> then I am good enough…I am acceptable…therefore I guess I like myself.”
We try and try. Yet we doubt.
Beneath all the trappings, when you’re stripped clean and your souls are bared–do like what you see?
If you see yourself as God sees you, it becomes easier. God sees you as precious and his thoughts about you are as numerous as the sands on the seashore (Psalm 139:17-18).
You are enough.
You are worthy just because you are.
When we stop viewing ourselves through the eyes of the world and start seeing ourselves as God sees us it becomes easier to like ourselves.
Here are 5 benefits to learning to like yourself:
1. When you learn to like yourself that energy will flow over into liking and accepting others. You become kinder and gentler. It’s easier to like others and be less judgmental.
2. When you like yourself you start to need less validation from others. Everyone likes a great compliment, but it’s not good to rely on them for your self worth.
3. When you like yourself you are less likely to self-sabotage. Sometimes people fail at something because they secretly feel they don’t deserve it or are not worthy of attaining it, so they sabotage their own efforts.
4. When you like yourself others will be drawn to you. People who like themselves tend to be more positive, confident and joyful. They like to take care of themselves and strive for goals in life. This is good energy that others enjoy being around.
5. When you like yourself life is more fun! People who like themselves are more relaxed. They’re comfortable in their own skin and aren’t afraid of silliness or looking dumb. What you see is what you get with people who like themselves.
You are a work in progress. You have past failures and you will have future ones.
There will be people who will never accept you and those that will only accept you when you fit their mold.
But one of the best steps toward Living a Better Story is to start seeing yourself as God sees you… and liking the wonderful creation that is YOU.
“Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.”