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Jamie Grace – fighter

Seven bucks an hour

Bills stacked on the counter

Got a baby on the way, don’t have to feed

His pride is gettin’ torn down

His confidence is worn out

This ain’t the way he dreamed that it would be

But he won’t ever ask why

‘Cause he’s made up his mind

He’s a fighter, got that fire

When they thought he’d fade away

Throws a fist up, as he gets up

Feelin’ stronger everyday

When he gets down on his knees, he finds

The courage to believe

He’s a fighter, he’s a fighter

Who inspires me

She’s got no time for makeup

‘Cause she’s got three boys to wake up

Never thought she’d have to raise them on her own

And some days she feels like cryin’

But she’s holdin’ on, survivin’

On the love that makes their little house

A home

And she sees it in their eyes

All the reasons why, yeah

She’s a fighter, got that fire

When you thought she’d fade away

Throws a fist up, as she gets up

Feelin’ stronger everyday

When she gets down on her knees, she finds the courage to believe

She’s a fighter, she’s a figher

Who inspires me, oohooo

She inspires me, yeah

She’s been here before

And she’s only eight years old

But she knows the name of every nurse she sees

And though she don’t like the chemo

She waits it out, never losin’ hope that

Someday soon she’ll be cancer-free

She’s a fighter, got that fire

When they thought she’d fade away

Throws a fist up, keeps her head up

Feelin’ stronger everyday

When she gets down on her knees, she finds the courage to believe

She’s a fighter, she’s a figher

Who inspires, yeah

He’s a fighter, he’s a fighter

Who inspires me

He inspires me

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Loving others when you don’t love yourself

Jesus said the second greatest commandment was to “love others as you love yourself“, this followed the command to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind” which in reality, it’s hard enough to respond to an invisible creator you may or may not have a relationship with, let alone trying to “love” others who you see day to day!

1 Corinthians 13 talks about how love should be, patient, kind, putting others first! But that is easier said (or read) than done!

The other aspect of the command to “love others” is what if you don’t “love yourself” there are some instagram celebrities, youtubers & reality tv stars that seem to “love themselves“, thinking that the whole world wants to pay to find out what they are wearing, or what they spent their money on this week!

I am sure that I am not the only one who could easily rattle off 5-10 things that I dislike about myself but ask me to identify 5-10 things that I do like about myself and it would take a lot longer!

Someone once told me that we should not place our value in what we do as a job, but what value do we place on ourselves?

Do we allow ourselves to be “sold” to whoever gives us attention?

Do we find our value in others praise?

Do we feel unloved if no-one “likes” or responds to our social media posts?

God designed us to live in community! one of the first things he said about humanity was:-

“It is not good for the man to live alone. I will make a suitable companion to help him.”

Which is great but when two people are in a relationship there is always tension at some point! Adam and Eve played the blame game about eating the fruit, one of their sons killed his brother and  that’s just a few of the first humans that the bible said existed!!

If sometimes you struggle like me with seeing yourself as a “child of god”, feeling you are not worthy, just remember that God loved you so much that he came down to feel our pain and take the worst punishment so that we could have a close relationship with him!

Regardless of what other people say or do to you, regardless of what you may have done, God loves you more than you will ever be able to comprehend! The only thing that we can do is to pass that love on and not think we are not able!

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