There are days when I have to remind myself to be kind to me. Days when I would love nothing more than to hide myself somewhere near a lake or seashore, on my own.
I find being kind to others, often acquaintances or strangers, easier. Because I have struggled with not only the blues from time to time, but low self worth.
The Bible is chock full of verses which remind me of my value to God, but none shoots with quite the same point blank range right into my very core than John 3:16.
I am deeply loved.
I am seen as valuable.
I am wanted.
I am His.
And if God is now my Father through my adoption into His family, I will likely adopt more of His characteristics the more I spend time with Him, including being kind. Because as we all know, kindness duplicates and spreads like wildfire the more we show it to others.
So God? I am sorry for not taking the best inner care of myself, and not filtering how I feel through the truth of who You say I really am. (Whether I feel it or not!) Help me to show kindness to each and every person I meet, including the one who looks back at me in my bathroom mirror. Allow me to fall into Your kindness on the days when I need to be held. Fuel me up to be kind as You would be kind. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.