The worst think about being married to a counselor or the child of one has to be the introspection that is regularly given. We are currently in our car on our way to a birthday party that is an hour and half away from home. My wife’s love language is quality time so I have to try to work hard to make conversation and show love.
A question came about that for the time being I feel like is a perfect question: what is it you love most about yourself?
We all had a hard time with it, even our eight year old strongly pondering for several minutes before giving an answer that made him smile a humble smile.
The question is, why was this question so hard?
If I was asked what my favorite thing is about my wife, I can instantly list 20 things. When we are empathetic to others, we can easily see the good in others.
This question is also different from “what is your strengths,” “what are you good at,” and “what have you accomplished?”
As I saw my wife and children, even myself, try to answer the question, I saw doubt, insecurity, hope, longing, and then a source of strength come out.
Whether it was that clear, specific, or even actually those emotions, I find the beauty in this question. Not that we need to become narcissistic or even sinful in these thoughts. But God created us and in His Image, His Imago Dei, we can find something we love about ourselves.
So, what is it you love most about yourself?