‘I love you and you and you and you and me and you and you and me and you and you!’
Pointing at four of my grandchildren in turn and occasionally at myself for comic relief – it was a fun game with a happy message.
‘Funny Pa Pa, you love yourself?!’ said the oldest who at nearly 4 has a remarkable grasp on the subtleties of life.
‘It’s good to love yourself,’ I said, ‘Because God has made us amazing and loving ourselves helps us to love others.’
The moment moved on quickly but it stuck in my mind which means it stuck in her eminently more absorbant mind.
Loving self is the third of three loves forming part of Jesus’ Great Commandment. It is as hard to get right as the other two and in fact all three are contingent on the reason for it all – God so loves us.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 NIV