Day 23: Start By Loving Yourself
Today is Day 23 of the Thirty Days of Love. Today’s action is to start the journey of sharing the love by loving yourself first. If you have events planned for National Standing on the Side of Love Day (Thursday, Feb. 14th) or Share the Love Sunday (Sunday, Feb. 17th) be sure to add it to our map and use our media resources to get the word out in your community. Click here for additonal resources, family actions, and more! Click here to sign up for the daily Thirty Days of Love emails.
Our Thirty Days of Love campaign is equal parts spiritual journey and action for social justice.
Today marks the beginning of the last week of our Thirty Days of Love Campaign, and this week’s theme is “Share the Love.” What better place to start than with yourself? How can we stand on the side of love with others, if we aren’t first kind and loving to ourselves?
Every day, I feel humbled by my opportunity to lead a campaign grounded in love and faith. It offers me the opportunity to check in with myself, to see how I can live a life that is more just, more loving. And yet, sometimes I struggle. I find myself frustrated when I don’t live up to my own artificially imposed standards, when I fail or make mistakes. And so I return to a quiet place in my soul, and create the space for forgiveness, acceptance, and love. For me, yoga and fellowship with others help me find that space. What helps you be more kind to yourself?
Perhaps you too will benefit from a reminder that we need to love ourselves first. I invite you to be especially kind to your own soul today, to be better able to share the love with others throughout this week.
And what a week it will be! On Thursday, we will once again re-imagine Valentine’s Day as a social justice holiday, our 4th Annual National Standing on the Side of Love Day and, next Sunday we will celebrate Share the Love Sunday! If your congregation is planning an event, make sure you add it to our map and use our media resources to get the word out in your community. You can also worship online with us through the Church of the Larger Fellowship–click here to find out how.
If you are not part of a congregation or belong to a congregation that’s not participating, there are other ways that you or your family can participate in National Standing on the Side of Love Day. Click here to learn more.
Thank you for sharing this journey with me.
Standing on the side of love with you,
Standing on the Side of Love
PS: It’s not too late to take a Share the Love Sunday collection to support our work. If this Sunday doesn’t work for you, Share the Love Sunday can happen any time throughout the year. Click here for more info!