Jesus. Others. You.
What does it mean to put ourselves last? I've thought and thought on this aspect of our J.O.Y. acronym.
J IS FOR JESUS (FIRST)
So far we've learned that we MUST put Jesus first in our lives. We must make Him the number one priority in our hearts, souls and minds. In everything we do, He must come first.
O IS FOR OTHERS (SECOND)
Next we learned that in order to have JOY we need to make sure we put others ahead our needs and wants. How? By loving our neighbor as ourselves.
Y IS FOR YOU (LAST)
Did you catch that? Love our neighbors AS OURSELVES!
So how do we love our self? We love ourselves by taking care of our bodies. We love ourselves by taking care of our families. But above all, we love our self by keeping God first in our life. When we have Him first and foremost, everything else falls into place as it should. (Hey! I’m preaching to the choir here!) When we allow God first place in our life, we will know how to treat others and we will be happy to help others.
Putting ourselves last on the list does not mean we give up on taking care of ourselves or doing things for our own pleasure. It also doesn’t mean we get prideful about what we do and how we live. Loving ourselves means we allow God to work in us to be the best we can be in everything we do. It calls us to be thankful for what we have and for who is in our lives. It asks us to do everything with a good attitude and to be kind toward others no matter what. It reminds us to not only be respectful to others, but to respect ourselves as well.
Being last isn't a death sentence. It is a quest to love the Lord God with all our hearts, all our minds, and all our souls so that we can live fully and abundantly in Him!
Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.”
© Marcie Bridges, Heart Thoughts, 2013