We all know we are called to love our neighbor, but many of us forget the rest of that commandment—to love ourselves. Some confuse love of self with being self-centered. Others can’t get past guilt or regret. Jesus is there to help us learn. Jesus can help us quiet the inner voice of condemnation and replace it with his gentle words, “I am with you always.”
Lord, teach me to love myself.
Guide me see myself through your eyes.
I try to reach out to my neighbor with loving compassion.
Help me learn to do the same for myself.
May I speak words of kindness to myself
and quiet the inner voice of judgment.
At the end of each day, write down something you did well that day. It can be something as simple as, “I cooked a good meal” or “I enjoyed playing with my child.”