Self-Hatred- Odio a si mismo


To love others is an easy task compare to the difficult journey to love ourselves, “to accept that I am unacceptable, to renounce self-justification, to give up my preposterous pretending that my paltry prayers, spiritual insights, knowledge of Scripture, and blustering success in ministry have made me pleasing to God” (Manning). For the last weeks I have been challenged to take care of myself, hey!! I thought I was already doing it!! Oh no!!! you need to exercise!”-a friend told me. My prideful ego has been smashed a couple of times for the last weeks and most of the time I will prefer to go seat down and have coffee than being surrounded of young fellows with perfect fit bodies trying to make sense of my own inadequacies. I will prefer to be reading a good book or write in the world of my imagination than to be sweating and leaving my heart and my strength in the gym’s floor. The problem is that I think that my life is ok with this couch potato lifestyle and if we say that we would like to befriend the newest generation I can not see how we are going to be able to do it if we do not take care of our bodies. Brennan Manning says in todays writing, “The first step in liberation from self-hatred is to move from the darkness of self-delusion into the daylight of God’s truth”.(Reflections for Ragamuffins)

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