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I know. Yes, we are going there.
So many articles on the topic of body image start with, “Describe what you like about yourself,” or, “What are your problem areas?”
I’d like to offer a different perspective and my hope is that by discussing body image in this way, you can experience a lasting change in mindset, and not a short-lived motivational boost that will soon wear off.
Let these truths sink in:
God created you in His image (Genesis 1:27)
God formed you in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13)
You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19)
You are made to do good works (Ephesians 2:10)
So far, so good, right?
Keeping these truths in mind, and setting aside the image you see reflected in the mirror for just a moment, see if you follow this logic:
If I accept these statements as truth, and
If I implement reasonable goals of balanced eating and exercise, and
If I still have “flabby” arms and “full” hips, then…
I can safely assume this is exactly how God planned for me to look!
Whoa. Read that again. Are you still with me?
I want to look how God wants me to look!
Are we tracking?
You see, “flabby,” “full,” “flat,” “long,” “lanky,” and “lumpy” are adjectives. That’s all!
In future post, I’ll offer some ideas you may choose to use if you’d like to flatter your body type in the way you dress. But your body type is just that, a type!
One body type is no better or worse than another body type.
Remember, adjectives are describing words. Refrain from attaching inherent value to these words.
For example, choose from the following adjectives to describe your stomach: tight, flabby, pudgy, or smooth.
Got your answer? Congratulations—You have either a tight, flabby, pudgy or smooth stomach. You do NOT have a “good” or “bad” stomach. Are you following me?
Can you imagine what a gift you’ll be giving to your sons and daughters by teaching them by example and modeling language that supports such a healthy mindset?
Don’t dodge out of photo ops with your family! This is your chance to show your kids and those around you that you are proud to be living in the body that God saw fit to give you in this stage of your life.
Give yourself some grace in this area, my friends!
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
Gracia y paz,
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