From Jerry and Denise: We first connected with Pablo through Kevin Miles, the publisher of our book, who also published Pablo’s first book. Pablo lives in Tel Aviv, Israel and has had the opportunity to successfully coach some of the best female players in the world of tennis. Although he has enjoyed significant success as a tennis player and coach, his passion is to help people find freedom from performance and to be able to rest in God’s mercy and grace. With Pablo’s permission we would like to share a recent post from his blog, The Zone Project. Check out his latest book, “The Modern Fig Leaf: Uncovering Your True Identity.”
“Note to God” by Pablo Giacopelli
Help me today Daddi to feel the feelings in your heart. Help me to see the world as you see it but not before I can see myself as you see me. Help me to love others but not before I learn to love and appreciate myself. Help me to pray for others but not before I learn to be intimate with you. Let my prayers for others be out of genuine concern and love for them and not another tool to avoid facing what you are trying to show me.
Help me to give respect to others but not before I learn to respect myself and that what you have given me. Help me to be grateful for others but not before I am grateful for myself and that what you have so freely given me. Help me to see that others matter but not before I understand how much I matter too.
Help me to make my walk about others but not before I realise that if I am genuinely going to bless them it needs to come from the ripples of what you and I get up to. Help me to love and give and treat others with the same compassion Jesus did without forgetting that I am Pablo and thats all I need to be.
Help me Daddi today to live this life and walk this walk of mine in a real, raw, and uncensored way. Free from false pretenses and self absorption, helping me to always realise that I cannot genuinely give what I have not genuinely received from you!
An Additional Note from Jerry and Denise: If you struggle with whether it is both necessary and right to love yourself in order to fully love others, we invite you to read a chapter, “But Wouldn’t That be Selfish,” from our book, “The Missing Commandment: Love Yourself . . . How Loving Yourself the Way God Does Can Bring Healing and Freedom to Your life.” You can access this chapter by clicking HERE.
Until next week . . .
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