Begin to love who you are and have confidence in whose you are. ~ RDP
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In light of Valentine's Day approaching this week, I thought it was a great opportunity to release this post that the Lord inspired me to write.
Valentine's Day, for most people, is a day that they look to those around them to validate them and prove their love for them by the giving of gifts, the spending of quality time, and even the expressing of grand gestures to profess their affections. And unfortunately, when we place so much of the responsibility for our happiness and validation on other people, they have the tendency to disappoint us. Why is this you might ask . . . it's because they are human.
The objective of this post isn't to focus on the disappointment, but to challenge you to redirect the expectation that other people are responsible for making you happy. There comes a point where you have to look at your reflection in the mirror and decide that you are going to be happy -- "point, blank, and the period".
I've come to understand that happiness is a personal choice. It doesn't matter what challenges you face, what situations you may be in the midst of, or even what you might be lacking during this season of your life. Your personal happiness should be rooted in and be an extension of the joy that the Lord provides. When you chose to receive the joy of the Lord, there is a peace that comes along with this free gift.
Your true happiness comes from being able to look in the mirror and accept yourself for who you are, understand that you are on a constant road to being perfected by God, and know that above all else God loves you. Take the time to reflect and ask God to help you see the beauty, love, joy, and all-around awesomeness that He created on the inside of you. Let that inner deposit begin to shine through to that reflection in the mirror and take back the control over your level of happiness. Begin to walk confidently in the knowledge that you are God's own. Remember that He made the grandest gesture imaginable to show forth His love for you . . . He gave you the life of His only Son.