Parsley and Apple Smoothie
- 1/2 bunch fresh parsley, with stems
- 1 handful spinach
- 1 apple, cut into pieces
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1-2 (or 3!) cups water, ice
"Don't seek revenge or carry a grudge against any of your people. "Love your neighbor as yourself. I am God. (Leviticus 19:18 MSG)
As an early-teenager, this verse was hard for me to follow. No, not because of the crazy kids in my life that I simply could not even begin to try to love, but because of the, "as yourself" part. You see, like (unfortunately) a lot of kids, I didn't really think of myself too highly. It wasn't too obvious, though, because of the pressure to look and act the joy-filled, I-have-everything-and-I-am-happy part, it seemed as if I thought I was pretty rad. But that was just pride, filling my heart and saturating my thoughts, hiding the fact that I really thought I was a waste of existence.
I know, that's a bit harsh. But I was dramatic (aren't most 13 year olds?) and blind to truth, and most of all, I wasn't walking with the Lord.
Once I started loving the daughter God made me to be, and embracing the beautiful heart He formed in me, the goofy attitude, the simply-amused side of myself, the fact that He didn't make me to look, act, talk, dress, or think like everyone else (mainly: the half dozen girls I thought were perfect for 100% materialistic and vain reasons... Sheesh I sure was a young, brain-washed soul!) I was able to understand this verse so much more. It is a profound commandment God calls His followers to believe, even the 13-year-old believers.
Loving others as I love myself doesn't only mean that I should accept them and love them just as God made them, like I have learned to accept and love myself. It also calls me to love them just how I hope to be loved: unconditionally, just as I am, don't count my flaws, please forgive my mistakes, make me aware of any wrong I have done, be honest with me. This is how God is guiding me to love you. If you were me, how would I treat me?
In the devotional I am doing it asks, "why did God remind them of who He was at the end?"
It's a reminder that He is our Creator, our loving Savior, the reason we breathe. This all-knowing, all-powerful King of all creation is telling us to do something. We need to take this commandment seriously and obey Him in love. Obey Him and love.