...The second is this; 'love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 12:31
As is obvious by pink ribboned everything, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Coincidentally, last week I got a pap test, mammogram, thyroid ultrasound and bone density screening.
What does this have to do with the Bible verse above?
It's all about love.
In Mark 12:28, a teacher of the law heard Jesus debating with some other men about God and asked him which was the most important commandment. Jesus correctly answered, "...The most important one is this: 'Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."
Now focus on the verse at the top of this post - the second most important commandment: love your neighbor
Do you love yourself? Are we even allowed to do such a thing?
Yes! We are God's glorious handiwork and when we love ourselves, we're loving Him. If Jesus didn't mean for us to love ourselves, he would have put a period at the end of neighbor.
Part of loving ourselves means we care for the bodies God gave us.
We don't just make important appointments for our elderly parents and children, we treat ourselves with the same level of care.
So let me ask you this question:
How long has it been since you've had a mammogram?
How about a pap test?
What about a bone density screening or (ugh) a colonoscopy?
How about in honor of Breast Cancer awareness month, we commit to making these dreaded appointments and then show some sisterly love by challenging a girlfriend to do the same?