When you look into the mirror what do you see? Do you like the person that is staring back at you? Are you happy with that person? What do you think about that person and the things that they are doing with their life? Many of us are not happy ourselves and don’t really ourselves, although many people do not look within themselves to even know that is what their problem is. They think if they have more money, a bigger house, a partner, this or that, that they will be happy and satisfied with their life. They are looking at everything but themselves to solve their problem.
It is hard to take a good look at ourselves and to be honest in the evaluation of ourselves. It is hard to admit that we are causing our own misery, discomfort, lack, or unhappiness. Who wants to admit that they are their own problem. But when we can do that we gain a freedom that will allow us to make the changes or to do the things that we need to do to fix what our problem is. Nothing can get better until we own up to the real problem. And many times, our problem is within ourselves. We like to put blame on everyone and everything else but ourselves. We like to think that we do everything right. We like to think that is everyone else’s fault but our own. But for many of us the resolution to our problem lies within ourselves. Until we like who is staring back at us in the mirror, I mean truly like ourselves, we will not enjoy our lives. Our happiness has to start with ourselves. Once we are happy with ourselves then everything else will be much more enjoyable.
There are a number of things that can contribute to us not being happy with ourselves. We have to sit back and take a good look at our heart. We have to ask ourselves questions and be honest with our answers. And then we have to do what we know we can do to correct the issues. Invite Jesus onto the process and ask him to help you face truths about yourself and the grace to make the changes that you may need to make. He wants us to know the truth and to be set free from the things that are hindering us from loving ourselves and being happy with life.
Some of the things that helped me to face truth about myself was knowing that I couldn’t be perfect and that Jesus doesn’t expect me to be. That I can not do everything that everyone else does but that I can do some things that others can not do. That it was up to me how much I enjoyed my life by the love that I had for myself. That I do have weaknesses but it is in those weaknesses that Jesus makes me strong. That I am who I am and that not everyone will like me. That my past does not dictate the person that I am today. That I was created by God for something great and that He has empowered me to make it happen. That I have had many failures and made many mistakes but they do not define the person that I am and that without the failures and mistakes I would have learned the lessons that I learned through them. And that I am not a failure as long as I do not give up on trying.
Have a meeting with yourself today. Ask yourself, “Am I happy with the person that I am? Am I satisfied with my life, and if not, then what am I unsatisfied about? What can I do to change it? Do I love myself, and if not, why not? What do I not like about myself and what can I do to change that? Am I putting forth my full potential, and if not, then why not? Am I doing the things that I know that I should do, and if not, why not? These are a few questioned that I had asked myself. There may be other questions that you need to ask yourself but ask them and be honest in your answers. Decide today that you are going to be your best you and live up to your full potential, loving yourself and your lfe.