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by James Snyder
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Am I dreaming or has another year gone by? I'm not so sure a conspiracy of the greatest magnitude is not afoot.

In my opinion, someone is deleting perfectly good days from the calendar and nobody seems to have caught on to this diabolical plot. Nobody, that is, until I discovered it.

The last thing I remember it was July and now it's January, and a brand new year to boot. I won't say that the New Year has caught me by surprise - it has - I just won't say it.

To be perfectly honest, and nobody's perfect, I must confess to be a little behind on my New Year's resolutions this time.

With that in mind, I've decided to do something completely different. Every year I sit down and make a list of all the things I'm going to do or change during the coming year.

I have good intentions but sometime during the year, something happens. I think it has something to do with someone deleting days from the calendar.

The days when I would have completed my New Year's resolution have disappeared. Therefore, this year I'm taking a different approach to the New Year.

This year I'm going to make a list of all the things I love about myself. Originally, I planned to make a list of 100 things I love about myself, but unfortunately, I've only come up with seven.

However, on the bright side, seven, according to the Bible, is the perfect number.

Speaking of the Bible, this idea of loving myself comes directly from the Bible. "If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well." (James 2:8 KJV.)

My question is: how can I love my neighbor if I don't have a good foundation of loving myself?

I have found it is more difficult to love myself than my neighbor. After all, I know so much about myself that I don't like.

Nobody knows me quite like me. I know all the bad things about me whereas, I don't know that much about my neighbor.

Finally, after 75 hours of grueling thought and reflection, braced by several power naps, here is my list of seven things I love about myself.

No. 1 - I love my legs. Although I am six-foot-three, my legs are long enough to reach the ground. When it comes to walking, it is crucial that both legs reach the ground.

No. 2 - I love my arms. As incredible as it seems, my arms are the right length to reach my mouth when engaged in eating maneuvers, which is constant.

No. 3 - I love my mouth. God has so designed my mouth to be in the right place to accept food. And boy, does it accept food. As much as my arms can bring to it. Every time I bend my elbow, my mouth automatically opens.

No. 4 - I love my head. It amazes me just how perfectly it is positioned on the top of my body. It is in such a location that my eyes and ears are able to function properly.

If my head was anywhere else on my body, I could envision some difficulties in these areas. Also, speaking of coincidences, my hat fits nicely on the top of my head.

No. 5 - I love my fingers, all ten of them. If it were not for the dexterity of my fingers, I could not work my computer, or worse yet, I would have difficulty in eating my food.

It is amazing just how handy my fingers are and the great amount of work they are able to do for me each day.

No. 6 - I love my mind. Every day I awake from my sleep, thankful of my sanity. I know there might come a day when this will not be true, but until then, I shall go on being thankful for the level of sanity I now enjoy.

One of the amazing aspects of my mind is the ability to travel anywhere I want. I can sit back in my easy chair and travel back in time, to those thrilling days of yesterday.

I can muse on my past and remember many things. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage has suggested that my memory is so good I can remember things in my past that have never happened.

No. 7 - I love my choice of a life's mate. How many people do you know who has had the privilege of marrying up?

This represents one of the best accomplishments of my short and happy life. People usually get what they deserve - thank God for mercy, is what I always say.

One of the great lessons of life I have learned is that the result of knowing God and loving God is loving oneself. If I believe in God the Creator, I must also believe what He created was good and for His pleasure.

Two scripture verses emphasize this wonderful truth.

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." (Psalms 139:14 KJV.)

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." (Revelation 4:11 KJV.)

I learned to love myself when I discovered just how much God loves me. Because God loves me I too, can love me.

The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, 1471 Pine Road in Silver Springs Shores. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores and can be contacted by calling 687-4240. Rev. Snyder's new book, "Romance Around A Parsonage Fireplace," is now available. Call for details The church web site is www.whatafellowship.com.

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Glenda Lagerstedt 17 Jan 2004
The bumps in the path that I bruised my fragile self on this past week seem quite inconsequential after reading your article. I laughed out loud and feel the same way I do when a dreary day suddenly turns sunny. Keep sharing with us! God bless you.


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