Grace and peace be unto you.
A Word of Encouragement…
Recently, I listened to the song, “I Sing Because”. It is a beautiful song that reminds me of God’s kindness. I could not help but ask the question, Am I kind to myself? Perhaps you could ask yourself the same question. Jesus wants you to be kind to yourself for three reasons: you are wonderfully and fearfully made, you are created in the Image of God, and he loves you very much (Psalm 139:14, Genesis 1:27, John 3:16).
4 Ways To Be Kind To Yourself
1. Practice moderation in all things
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Moderation is living a life that pleases the Lord. We practice moderation by avoiding the extremes for example, we do not get drunk, eat or sleep too much. Neither do we eat less than the recommended daily intake of food.
The writer of Ecclesiastes says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; …” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).
We will go through different seasons in our lifetime, for example, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of us had at least one year of no embracing and social gathering. Still yet, we had to find creative ways to enhance our development and enjoy life. When we identify our seasons and adjust our perspectives and actions accordingly, we are better able to practice moderation.
2. Think positive thoughts about yourself
It is easy to play the record in your mind of all the things you have done wrong while ignoring those you have done right. However, when you train yourself to meditate on your strengths and the good things you have done, you create a “playlist” of positive thoughts. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things” (Philippians 4:8). Does this mean you will ignore your weaknesses or negative thoughts? Of course not, you will put additional measures in place to control or eliminate them. The goal is to develop the habit of thinking positive thoughts.
3. Practice healthy eating (Eat nutritious meals).
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Research has shown that junk foods are harmful to the body. They contribute to poor concentration, obesity, and heart disease. On the other hand, nutritious meals contribute to optimal health by reducing lifestyle diseases, improving concentration, and providing energy.
4. Forgive yourself and others
When you confess your sins, God forgives you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Since your Heavenly Father, the King of kings has forgiven you, you can forgive yourself. You are human and will always make mistakes, be patient and gentle with yourself. The Bible encourages us to forgive those who have sinned against us (Luke 17:3-4). Unforgiveness is a burden that we carry around and it negatively affects our quality of life. When you forgive others, the burden is lifted, and the quality of your life improves.