Blog 2152 – 08.17.2021
The Great Romance
This is a topic that I have used as a launching pad for blogs several times and if I live, as I hope to, I am sure that I will revisit it again and again. I saw the Oscar Wilde quote above yesterday, liked it very much, and knew that I would use it today.
A very wise lady who passed a few years ago, Louise Hay, used to put out a daily calendar with great quotes like that on it. One of my favorite Louise Hay quotes is: “Most of our problems stem from not loving ourselves enough.” Even those who appear to love themselves too much actually don’t, but are just trying to overcompensate for this lack of genuine self-love with braggadocio. Visions of grandeur have no shine at all compared to the eternal glory that is at the heart of each one of us because of Who and Whose we are.
Jesus new commandment that superseded all others is that we “Love God and others as we love ourselves.” We seem to miss that the first two are impossible without the third and the order is of no consequence for loving one is impossible without loving the other two as well. Loving ourself, and I repeat myself, is just the realization of Who and Whose we are. In case you have not guessed just Who that is, examine a few obvious clues.
Jesus once asked the boys, “Whom do men say that I am?” Peter, always one to speak without much thinking, piped up and said, “Some say Elijah, some say Elias, or some other prophet come back to us.” Then Jesus asked Peter point blank, “Who do you say that I am?” And Peter replied, “Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God.” Peter nailed that one.
When Jesus was arrested in the garden at night and brought bound before the Jewish Council, the Sanhedrin, and questioned, they finally asked him the question they had wanted to all along, “Are you the son of God?” His reply angered them because he used the very words that God had used with Moses when he was telling Moses to go to the Egyptian Pharaoh and to tell him, “Let my people go.” Moses had asker God, “Whom shall I say is sending me and God told him, “Tell Pharaoh, “I am.”
Who and Whose are we? Just like Jesus, and he himself said, “As I am so are you in this world,” we are gods and we are God’s. And God is love so loving ourself is not blasphemy nor really all that difficult either. As our wise brother Oscar, not the Grouch, the other one, says, “To love ourself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”
Your friend and fellow traveler,
The Greatest Love Of All