One of his favorite things to do right now is say, “Hey Mom, I wanna tell you a secret!” So he comes over and pulls my hair away from my ear and whispers, “I love you!” It’s pretty much a daily routine, performed several times a day.
This afternoon he mixed it up a little, and instead of saying his usual “I love you,” he whispered, “I love everyone…I even love MYSELF!”
Dylan telling me “I even love myself,” struck a chord with me today. Ever since his sweet and sincere declaration, I’ve been thinking about how Jesus commands “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31)
I am reminded today (by my wise little three year old sage) that it is impossible to show genuine love toward others if we don’t love ourselves first. And yet, almost without exception every young mom I know is so prone to be hypercritical of herself – her appearance, her housekeeping, her devotion, her parenting. It’s all up for critical self-abuse. I’m done with that! (For now anyway…until I start to feel woefully unequipped and need another reminder to love myself!)