March 8, 2016 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundatoon

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

Love it the way it is.
 — Thaddeus Colas

It’s easy to love people who are like us, who may have been raised the same way, educated the same way, share the same values, or have had many of the same experiences. It’s not as easy to love people who seem different. But if we are to fulfill God’s plan for us, we should try.

It’s not easy, either, to love the way we feel sometimes, or the unpleasant things that happen to us. But, like the people who are “different” from us, even our negative feelings need to be loved. Our fears, frustrations, pain, boredom, despair – these are part of us and they oftentimes have a greater purpose.

We may not think it’s possible to love how we feel, but we can make the decision to love everything about ourselves – and then we can see what happens. We may not know God’s purpose, but we may understand better if we learn to love ourselves the way we are.

I don’t know God’s plan for me, but I accept myself and others in love.


You are reading from the book:

In God’s Care by Karen Casey

In God’s Care by Karen Casey. © 1991 by Hazelden Foundation

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