Saturday, February 11, 2012

Sunday Inspiration - Greatest Love of All

In the wake of Whitney Houston's passing yesterday afternoon, the words of this song were so fitting for today's Sunday inspiration. 

" Because the greatest love of all
is happening to me,
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me,
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve,
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all"

Learning to love yourself is one of the greatest journey's you'll ever be on.  For most of us it doesn't come easy, especially (in my humble opinion) when you're a woman.  There are so many things we are supposed to be: you're supposed to be a perfect size, you're supposed to dress stylish -always, you're supposed to get married & have a family by a certain age, you're supposed to be educated, classy, a woman who is dainty, but cooks up a mean meal and has a spotless house & can have a great career all at the same time. And that's just for us regular women.  I couldn't begin to imagine the pressures that must exist for those who are in the public limelite.

All of these expectations and pressures can lead to a person standing in the mirror looking at their reflection picking apart all of the areas of their person where they feel are imperfect.  It's one of the reasons why many of us have self esteem issues and feelings of inadequacy even into adulthood.

It is so important that during a young girl's youth that we constantly reinforce how beautiful they are, that she IS ENOUGH,that God has placed everything within her that she needs to fulfill the purpose that He has destined for her.  For those of us who are adults, I say to YOU....YOU ARE ENOUGH, God has placed everything within YOU that you need to fulfill the purpose for which He has purposed for YOU.  You are beautiful just the way you are.  You are a wonderful person.  No matter what the things are that you may not like about your life, it doesn't mean that you are not an inadequate person.  You have the power to change those things that you would like to adjust in your life, but not because someone else feels it needs to be done, because YOU desire to grow and be the best you that you can be.

Be encouraged lady!  Love yourself!  Do something that is for YOU today.

Though this post is not entirely about Whitney Houston, I cannot close it out without mentioning her.  Her music was part of the soundtrack of my teenage and young adult years.  I love her music.  Her rendition of The Star Spangled Banner has hands down been the best to date.  I still get chills listening to it. She had a genuinely magical voice that cannot be replicated or duplicated.  She has received hundreds of awards over her musical career.  Over the coming days and weeks, many will comment on her very public struggle with drug addiction.  Rather than dwell on that, I will just say that if you have a loved one who struggles with a drug or alcohol addiction press upon them the urgency of getting help as soon as possible.  Have the hard conversations.  We will miss you Whitney.  Rest in peace.

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