One of the tough questions I have to answer when I meet with my spiritual accountability partner is “Are the ‘real you’ and the ‘visible you’ consistent?”
No. My answer is always no.
No, because the “real me” is a whiny, self-centered, messed up blob of flesh.
The “real me” is not pretty.
The “real me” is sometimes pretty despicable.
I’ve been thinking about the “real me” this week — because I’m meeting with a Christian counselor, and she wants me to do a crafty project. She gave me a box, and on the outside of the box, I am supposed to put pictures that characterize how I think others perceive me. On the inside of the box, I was instructed to put pictures of how I perceive myself.
I am envisioning myself spending an uncomfortable hour on the couch in front of a therapist with my rather unpleasant box.
But, my sage counselor said something about the Gospel last week that I can’t stop thinking about. She reminded me what the two most important commandments are
- Love the Lord with all you’ve got
- Love your neighbor as yourself
Apparently, I can’t love others like Jesus unless I first learn to love myself and see myself through His eyes of grace.
Something to think about…
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