I ran across this “cup of tea” quote on my Facebook memories today. Such truth and wisdom in those words. When we realize not everyone will “like us” or are even meant to, it can be very freeing.
This quote inspired me to think a little deeper today, however. It made me think about how we don’t even have to have the “right people” to love us to have value. We are fully and immensely loved just as we are. We need to love ourselves as God loves us.
I forget that sometimes. Not that I don’t realize God loves me, but at times I get so busy taking care of and encouraging others that I forget to whisper to myself “hey you are loved, too, and you are doing an amazing job.”
I love words. I’m a words of affirmation person all day, every day. Nothing is quite like a sweet note, card, or inspiring story poem, or scripture to me. But I sometimes forget to let it sink all the way into my heart and remind myself of the encouragement when I need to. God never forgets to encourage us though. We just have to listen for His sweet whisper and even speak those words of encouragement over ourselves when we feel we can’t hear them. We don’t have to wait for someone else to do that for us. Whether we have wonderfully encouraging people in our lives or not, God is constantly there reminding us of His love for us in scripture and in prayer.
So my takeaway from this cup of tea quote today is:
Encourage and love yourself the way God does whether or not you have an encouraging tribe of people in your corner. Be other people’s cheerleader, but don’t forget to be your own also. You don’t have to be perfect to be loved because none of us are. Never ever forget you are cherished and loved just as you are.