So if you’ve read my latest blog, you know that I’ve been trying to seek wellness.
I’ve been working really hard to achieve physical, spiritual and intellectual wellness. You can check out that post here.
So as part of this awesome journey, I’ve been doing a lot of internet surfing to find new work-out routines and new recipes to try- even the occasional motivational phrase.
In the process of doing that, I have discovered that we live in a broken world.
Have you heard of Pinterest? Well here is an image of my search on pinterest and the results.
Just take a moment to look at that. Look in the upper left hand corner and see that my search is “eating healthy quotes.” Now look to the right of the screen. Here is a close up of that image.
Can we just take a second and weep for humanity?
Here are a few more images I found to be particularly horrifying.
My heart aches for people who look at these images and internalize them. Because they’re lies.
As a society, we need to move away from the glorification of skinny. We need to stop assuming that everyone has the same genetic make up that allows for a thigh gap. We need to stop pretending that everyone can have 3% body fat. We need to stop thinking that being skinny is something to strive for. Being healthy is something to strive for. Being fit is somthing to strive for.
As individuals, we need to learn to love ourselves. We need to look in the mirror and accept the person we see. We need to stop tearing down our own bodies. We need to stop wishing for a thinner waist. We need to stop doing countless thigh thinning workouts to try to get that thigh gap. We need to stop eating only an apple a day to achieve a flat stomach.
We need to look in the mirror, beyond our physical appearance and see our worth.
Because we are more than our outward appearnce. We are people. We are not a size. We are not a weight. We are not a label of “fat” or “skinny.” We are not the sum total of calories consumed in a day. We are people.
We are God’s people. In Genesis 1:27 it says that “God created man in his own image.”
So that comment you just made about that ugly, fat person- they were made in God’s image. Is that really what you want to be saying about someone made in our perfect God’s image? The “skinny slut” you just gossiped about- yeah, she’s made in God’s image, too. And the reflection you see in the mirror, that’s God’s image, too.
So lets stop beating up on each other and ourselves.
Let’s start seeking wellness.
Let’s start making healthy choices and treating our bodies with the love and care they deserve.
Over and over and over again the bible speaks about treating your body as a temple. A temple that is sacred and holy. A temple that belongs to God.
Think about that. Your body is sacred and holy.
Would you ever look at something that is sacred and holy and say “Whoa, that’s ugly.”
Then why are you saying that about someone’s (or your own) body?
Being ashamed in your body, being critical of someone else’s body- that’s the enemy at work, my friends.
Before the fall, Adam and Eve were naked. Genesis 2:25 says “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” Now, skip ahead a chapter. What’s the FIRST thing to happen after the fall? “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”
The first thing that happens when sin comes into the lives of Adam and Eve is that they are ashamed of their bodies.
Don’t fall victim to the devil at work.
Remember that the body is a temple. Remember that it is made in the image of our Father most high. Remember that it is fearfully and wonderfully made. Remember that it is beautiful. Remember to treat it that way. Remember to seek wellness.
Eat healthy and exercise. Preserve the body the good Lord gave you and respect that others are doing the same thing, just at a different place in their journey. In 3 John 1:2 it says “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you, and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”
So in the coming days I hope you continue on your journey to wellness. I hope you look at each and every body as a beautiful creation made in the image of God. I hope you treat your body like a temple with good, healthy food and exercise. I hope you remember that you are more than a size. I hope you see that you are beautiful.