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Pause For Thought

Pause For Thought

From Nick Baines, the Bishop of Leeds:

Guess whose birthday it is today? OK, yeah, Parish Hilton and swimmer Rebecca Adlington ... and probably a few thousand people listening to the programme now - in which case, happy birthday to you. But, the one I am thinking about is Ed Sheeran. 26 today. How do I know? Well, someone told me he originally comes from Hebden Bridge in my patch of West Yorkshire, and I thought I'd check it out. They're right ... and I noticed that it's his birthday today.

So, open your ears: I'm going to pause for a thought (which means thinking out loud) about one of his best-known songs - recently nominated for a Grammy. Love yourself is a great command ... or invitation. After all, there are plenty of people who don't love themselves - or don't believe themselves to be lovable - and who sometimes then find it difficult to love others.

There is a link here that Jesus got in one when he asked his followers to love God and love your neighbour as yourself. Actually, he was picking up on a maxim that had already been around for a thousand years or more, but he gave it a new twist - and it goes a bit like this:

Loving yourself can turn you into a narcissist who sees everyone and everything through a lens shaped only like yourself. (Apparently, even leaders of countries are not exempt from this.) This makes me the centre of the world - even other people's worlds. It isn't attractive, and it can produce dreadful selfishness.

So, this is why Jesus gets the order right: loving God turns your attention away from needing to justify your own worthiness and focuses on something much more fundamental. I matter because I am made in the image of God. Therefore, I see myself through God's eyes: infinitely valuable and eternally loved. So, what do I do with this? Well, it turns me outwards to love other people whose value is to be found in the same way. I am loved, therefore I love.

So, Ed has got it right: love yourself, but only once you know you are loved. And then pass it on. So, happy birthday Ed Sheeran. Have a good one, and may it be filled with love.

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