"A friend loves at all times…" Proverbs 17:17 (NASB)
We really are our own worst enemies. We second guess ourselves. We say meaner things to ourselves than we say to the guy who cuts us off in traffic. We berate ourselves for tiny mistakes or for physical flaws that are caused more by gravity than unhealthy choices.
Then after all that mean-spiritedness, we give up, give in and give out. Are you surprised? If we have learned anything about human nature after a few decades of living, it’s that most of us respond to love, encouragement and hope.
Let’s be our own cheerleader, not our own enemy.
For the next month:
Be gentle, not harsh, to yourself
Talk nicely to yourself
Set realistic expectations
Smile to yourself and at yourself
Say, “This is going to be a good day!” every morning
Ask God to forgive you for not loving yourself more
Offer yourself the same breaks you give your friends
Then give yourself the second or third chance to accomplish the dream that you’d given up or forgotten. God made you for a purpose. It’s time to accept the challenge and fulfill your promise.
You can do it, with the help of God and a friend… yourself.
Lorri Allen is news director for CBS 19 KYTX.