Over the past weekend, I had the ability to learn about myself and learn about others. As a Christ follower, self is something that I push off to the side, putting Christ and others before me. I was amazed as I began to take tests, look inward, and appreciate who I really am as a son of God. I learned what kind of love language I have, why I do the things I do based off personality and also why loving yourself is important to God. I’ll go in order to make this easier on my brain: I learned that I love having acts of service and quality time as ways of others expressing love towards me. It’s become apparent that in the moments when I truly value and love someone the most is when it’s the small services and one-on-one time that I get to spend with them. It really just begins to speak life into my heart when a person loves me in these ways. Next, i learned that I’m an ENFP (extroverted, intuitive, feeling, perceiving). This helps explain to myself why I am the way I am and that I should do things that fit my personality type. I enjoy the creative, social, and innovative way my brain works and have began to love who I am in Christ even more. The final thing I learned is that loving yourself is worship to God. It’s biblical. The famous Matthew 15 verse states to “love your neighbor as YOURSELF” which means that if we are loving others more than ourselves, well than that’s just not going to work. God has created us with desires and a heart to love others, but clearly states that we ourselves come first. Love is the most important part about Jesus and loving others should come from an outpour of received love from God, not an obligation of human righteousness. If we do not love ourselves, then we do not love everything God has created. Loving God’s creations and finding beauty, truth and spirit in those (secular or not) is worship to God. I was able to talk with a friend and just saw how she puts others before herself and she feels exhausted and burnt out because of it. God’s wired us in ways that make it needed to love ourselves. Truly, we only have one life in this body and on this earth, so why not love everything we have to offer? We ourselves are more beautiful, powerful and wonderful than even we perceive, merely because we are children of the Living God. Can i get an amen?