The peanut butter jar Part 1

Written by on April 26, 2012

I asked friends, “If self-love (not arrogant, but confident) were a new jar of peanut butter with a tight lid that absolutely refused to budge open, what would be the jar opener? What helps us access self-love?”

Here’s what they said:

Sue Miholer:  We need a rubber grip. The Holy Spirit does that for us–helps us see ourselves through God’s eyes (helps us get a better grip on who we really are). He helps us open the jar to get into the sweet creamy contents of who we are.

Ruth Ragin:  Being gentle with ourselves, realizing we are all a work in progress, will allow us to forgive all things, opening the flow of true love, which includes love of self.

Karla Farr:  This jar would have to be labeled, The Peanut Butter of Self Forgiveness and Self Worth. Self-love only comes with understanding where our value lies. In order to open the peanut butter, we have to remember who we are in Jesus.

Cathy Rogers:  Love that comes from other people helps us remember the love we should have for ourselves. In essence, it reflects the love that Jesus has for us and brings humility.

What helps you open the peanut butter jar?  What tightens the lid?

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  1. William Cowie   On   April 28, 2012 at 10:53 am

    It took me too long to discover that the jar is not the important thing. Nobody looks at it and says, My, what a nice jar! No, they only think about the peanut butter.

    A famous photographer was invited to a dinner party once. After dinner, he duly took out a portfolio and showed it to oohs and ahhs all around.

    “Wow,” the hostess gushed, “These pictures are awesome! You must have a great camera!”

    The photographer merely smiled and at the end of the evening, packed away all this stuff. As the left, he turned around and said to the hostess, “Dinner was lovely, Jane. You must have great pots!”

    Once I realized I’m really only the middleman, the vessel, the tool, the instrument, I stopped worrying about myself. I accept myself and try only to not get in the way.

    What’s inside is the Lord and I try to make that as accessible to others as I can. It’s about the peanut butter, not the jar.

    • Lynn Hare   On   May 2, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      William, wow, that’s powerful! You’re right. We’re all earthen vessels and it’s God Himself who is the very core of our transformation. A jar is just a jar. But the sweet stuff inside is what counts. I love your illustration about the photographer and the cook. I never thought of it that way before.

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