The more I delve into faith, the stronger my conviction is that ultimately faith begins with me. Just as with everything, if you don’t offer it to yourself, you’re not going to truly feel it in relation to others. If you don’t have love for yourself, you’re going to question others’ love for you. If you don’t believe you are enough, you’ll try and prove to others that you are. If you don’t have faith in yourself, it’ll be very challenging for you to have faith in God, nature, and others.
It’s strange but so often we think our starting point is with others. If THEY think I’m great, then I’ll be great. If THEY love me, then I must be loveable. If THEY approve of my life, then I’m doing it right. But that’s backwards and honestly, it’s inauthentic. We cannot depend on other people’s PERCEPTION of us to guide our journey. It’s impossible and will not only lead us astray but could lead us into a hole that is difficult to get out of. The only way is to begin with the self.
Having faith in yourself takes work. It means getting to know yourself better than you know anyone. It means complimenting yourself and telling yourself “I love you.” It means being honest about your strengths and weaknesses. It means choosing what YOU want for yourself rather than what others want for you. And no, it is not selfish. It’s the only thing that makes sense. The only person that truly knows what goes on inside you is YOU. Have faith that you know what you want. And have faith that what you choose at any given moment is part of your journey. Have faith that you are enough because who decided what enough is anyway?
Feed yourself with faith, with truth, and with love.
I love you!