Love Your self

December 26, 2016

Galatians 5:14

The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Love Your self

It is interesting sometimes as a photographer to see how people view themselves.  Often, when viewing family or individual photographs people can be very critical of themselves.  Most often it is the women.  They can see and magnify weaknesses or faults that most everyone else considers normal and a part of them.  It is not uncommon that great family portraits will fail because mom doesn’t like the way she looks.  

In today’s age of technology we have the skills and abilities to actually go in and alter the way someone looks.  We can lift and tuck some of the sagging parts, hide the blemishes and soften the wrinkles, but the real issue may not be how we look to ourselves outwardly, but how we perceive ourselves inwardly.  

On the other hand I have photographed attractive ladies who may have had a scar that could have easily been removed but they consider a part of them and want it showing.  I find it is often best to ask people what they do and do not want taken away, because assumptions can get you into trouble.  These women that I refer too wanted their scars to remain, because to them they were a reminder of what they had been through and the gift of life that they still had.  In today’s world many of us feel the pressure to live this façade of a perfect life, have a perfect body, beautiful looks, a perfect home, children and husband or wife.  The truth is that that is not the real world.  We all have scars, wrinkles, handicaps and weaknesses whether they are outwardly evident or not.  Brushing or photoshoping over them isn’t going to take the reality of them away, nor should it.  These blemishes upon our lives are the evidence that we have lived and experienced what life had to offer and that it wasn’t always nice or kind.  

The Lord tells us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, but some of us don’t really love ourselves, so how can we love our neighbor properly?  Understand that all real people have weaknesses, faults and frailties.  That is a trait of our humanity.  Don’t be ashamed of yourself and don’t boast in yourself, but rather see the completeness of yourself in Christ.  Christ is not a crutch; He is the fulfillment and the completion of our humanity.  The scars, the wrinkles and experiences that we share all testify that by the grace of God we survived them and we are still taking hold of life.  The wonderful thing about our relationship with Christ is that where we end, He begins and where we are weak, He is strong.  

Don’t be so harsh and judgmental of yourself.  I know that sometimes I think, “God, why am I stuck with being me?”  It is because in my weakness He is made strong and His grace is sufficient for all of my needs, my infirmities and my weaknesses.  If you are down on yourself today it is because you don’t have your eyes on Jesus.  Take courage, take heart and know that you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you.   Love yourself as Christ loves you. 

Blessings, 

#kent

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