“Let nothing disturb your heart. Let nothing have you believe that anything within you is wrong. You are a joy to me.” Choose Only Love bk.2, 21:I
We have so much trouble accepting ourselves. Accepting ourselves just as we are. Always trying to improve, we get ourselves all tangled up for the trying.
But we are OK as we are. We must let nothing disturb our heart. If Jesus tells us, here, that we are a joy to him, then why can we not accept ourselves, just as we are?
Our ego is to blame. And even if we have abandoned our ego, we have patterns of the ego that linger and disturb our peace. The ego was always telling us we weren’t good enough, that if we only tried harder, we would find ourselves in a better position, sure of ourselves, sure of our value as human beings.
This idea from the ego is a mirage. Just as an individual lost in a desert, seeing water ahead, aims to reach that water and then finds nothing there. We have always held out to ourselves that we could be better than we are. Of course, in some sense, this idea is true, but it is not the bottom line. God accepts and loves us just as we are. He wants us to be sane, though, and the insanity is what has made us dissatisfied with ourselves. When we allow the insanity to fall away, we will know that God’s love is for the genuine Self who we are. And we will be much more accepting of the truth that we are alright just as we are.
Keep in mind that Jesus says we are a joy to him. He has the most sanity of anyone, and so I am inclined to believe that he sees something that we do not.
Ask to be accepting of our foibles as remnants of insanity that just need to fall away. Accept our Self, know that all is well, and we are loved—just as we are. We need to take this truth unto ourselves, and, yes, love ourselves, too. We can’t love others well until we love ourselves, too.
We need to realize that our lives will smooth out when we engulf ourselves with the Love that only God can give. And He is giving this Love constantly.