Hello Friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Well, we are now two weeks into the new year resolutions. How are you doing? For many people, including Rick and I, the new year brings in a re-commitment to getting back on track with our food intake and exercise routine. For us, the first few months of the new year is a quiet time. It allows us to refocus our efforts after the busyness of the last few weeks.
Although making efforts to eat healthy and exercise are very good activities to have in our life, we can have very unhealthy attitudes towards our bodies, especially females.
Let’s top up our coffees and chat…
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalm 139:13-16
In 2016, during an attempt to become motivated to lose some unwanted pounds, a group of us joined forces to become a weight loss support group for each other. We were joined together as a group of girlfriends on Facebook. During one of the initial posts, one of the members and dear friend posted the following which really has stuck with me. To this day it refocuses my thoughts when I get down on my physical self. It read: You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:20 AMPC- Amplified Bible Classic Edition)
This passage, has made me reflect on how hard women are on themselves and their bodies. We are never happy with them; we constantly complain about one body part or another, we compare ourselves to the next person; and the almighty scale and mirror determine the extent of our joy in a day. This mentality and attitude is so wrong! I don’t know why we do it, but it needs to stop. Not only is this type of attitude calling God a liar; that He didn’t know what He was doing when He made each of us to be unique in attitude, abilities, desires and physical features, but it also allows Satan to have power over us in our day. He is sucking joy from us! Satan is playing with our thoughts and feelings by making us feel like blobs with extra width here or a thick roll there or saggy skin her with cellulite there, and these feelings allow us to feel worthless, ugly and unlovable. We can’t give him the power over who we truly are; uniquely hand crafted and dearly loved by our Creator and Heavenly Father!
The reality is that our bodies are blessings from God Himself; special one-of-a-kind gifts! We – you and me- were fearfully and wonderfully made, each and every unique feature of us. Then if that weren’t enough to feel special and dearly loved by the Lord, He came in the form of flesh and blood and willingly sacrificed his own body for you and me so that He may have us spend eternity with Him. Therefore, although we are not perfect with how we treat our bodies due to our own sinfulness and the sin in this world, we need not lose sight of the reality that we are beautiful, and worthy, and loved dearly just as we are.
As I reflect on each of the gals in our little weight loss group, I don’t see what we each feel. I see amazingly loving, caring, uniquely gifted women; I see their smiling, laughing, goofy-expression faces, and I feel the warmth of my heart as I think about them. Therefore, although it is not wrong to acknowledge when you need to be a little self-disciplined and get back on track with your food intake and exercise routines, may your thoughts not be ones of hatred towards your body, but of self-sacrifice and thanksgiving to the One who knows you better than you know yourself. The important thing is to acknowledge your body as God’s temple and honour it and treat it well, so that you can be as healthy as you can be internally – with the understanding that this ‘healthy’ will look different for everyone on the outside. Finally, remember…. You are loved! You are beautiful!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Please forgive me for the feelings of disgust I have, at times, of this body that you formed, and for not treating it as your temple. You know every hair on my head. There is nothing that I am that you didn’t create. Thank-you for sculpting me as your creation and calling me your own through the shed blood and sacrifice of Your Son, my Saviour – Jesus. Give me the wisdom and willpower to treat my body well by the food I take in and the activities I participate in. May my body, through all I say and do, lead people to know You! In Jesus name I pray. AMEN
Reflection: If you have considered part of yourself less than desirable, give those feelings and thoughts to the Lord in repentance. Present these aspects of yourself to Lord in prayer and thanksgiving and ask for contentedness and thankfulness, and the ability and wisdom to care for these areas as his temple.