Today is Friday the 13th and it is also my daughter’s birthday where I presently am. I remember the principal walking into my classroom about 9:30-10:00 am telling me I needed to take a phone call and she would watch my class. I was puzzled but went to the office to find my wife was in labor and needed to leave for the hospital. I was told to go and all would be fine at school. Several hours later this gift was delivered to us. She continues to be God’s gift not only to us but to so many others in her life. Next Monday she will be ordained as a pastor in the church of the Nazarene. Happy birthday Amber!
Yesterday was an interesting day emotionally off and on thinking through the application of loving oneself. I did talk to Kathy, Amber and her husband Jason. Each of them said that saying, “I love you” to yourself was not something they had done. They saw what God has given them and the flaws they have as a person. Yet, they enjoy being who they are. I am realizing that man in his flesh is never satisfied with himself or anything else. It seems to be a basic nature of man to never be satisfied in his flesh. However, God wants us to realize He created this new creation and gave us His Holy Spirit when we accepted His Son into our hearts. This new creation is who we are to love and to realize more and more how to submit to God’s leadership. While we do this we find that God’s characteristics become more and more our own. These are called the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.
To simply be at peace with who I am is a miracle unto itself. I believe that is what God has been wanting me to find first and foremost.