I came across a quote by Og Mandino that says:
“Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.”
I actually saw this on Pinterest but couldn’t find the source to link to the website. But I thought it was a great message. If there was more kindness in this world, more respect among each other, and more brotherly love, lots of things would be different.
And this actually reminded me of Matthew 22:39, “And the second command is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself.'”
We all love ourselves. That is why we get up, groom ourselves a little or a lot depending on what we like. We choose the clothes we wear, the shoes, how our hair is done, our posture, etc. Some of us have personal issues of acceptance at some period in our lives but somehow, we love ourselves. I love myself.
And God is asking us to ‘Love your neighbor the same as you love yourself’. And this would solve all the world’s problems, well a lot of them.
When I was younger, I would read this verse and didn’t understand how I could love someone else the same as me. The problem was that I didn’t feel like I loved myself and I wasn’t sure what God was asking me to do. I was so insecure and I didn’t know how beautiful I was, until I met my husband. He helped me so much with my self-esteem and he made me feel very special (he still makes me feel very special and beautiful).
My point is that everyone is valuable in the eyes of God. We are all His children and He loves us the way we are. And I think we should love ourselves, and accept ourselves, the way we are. And I thought that Og Mandino’s quote is a great example of how we can honor God’s command to love our neighbor.