How can you love someone else if you don’t love yourself?
How can you show someone that they have value if you don’t believe you have any?
How can you do your best work if you don’t believe in your ability?
How will you demand action against the huge injustices in the world if you turn a blind eye to the small ones every day?
How can you teach if you aren’t prepared to learn?
How can you lead if you aren’t prepared to serve?
The answer to these questions and more isn’t necessarily that you can’t.
Just don’t expect us to listen if you won’t.
Interesting post. I can understand your frustrations with those who turn their eyes from injustice. Or from those Leaders somehow feel their role does not include being a servant. But I also feel that those who find it difficult to love themselves or believe in their own abilities can often be struggling with a life long battle. And although low self esteem can often be viewed as a form of self centredness it can also be a very dark and lonely place that many battle to find freedom from. They may need patience rather than frustration. No matter how hard that may be sometimes.
Wholeheartedly agree. If we’re called to love others then we need to start with ourselves. Thanks EJ.