Note from Kat: Today’s post is from the lovely Jenni Keller
Four of us stood around the kitchen island while our kids played downstairs. While we talked about the start of school and getting settled into new routines, our conversation took a sadly, familiar turn to the topic of body image.
While we four women have very different body types, we shared one thing in common: the struggle for contentment. And as one woman shared, I looked at her and couldn’t see what it was that she saw in herself and so clearly could not accept. We nodded our heads as she spoke, because we all have the same thoughts rattling through our heads at times.
While I could have gone around the table and noted beauty in each of these girls, it’s not nearly as easy to look in the mirror and make the same notations of myself. And as I strive for health, through healthy eating and exercise, I find that I have to lay down thoughts and motivations that aren’t honoring to God, more than I care to admit.
I want to be healthy for the long haul, so that I can live a long life, enjoy my family, serve God and remain active for many years to come. That’s the big picture. The picture I love and take pride in.
But, there’s also a voice I wrestle with, when my pants get a little snug, that lies to me about my worth. That wants me to punish myself or think negatively of myself, stealing my focus for days at a time.
This is a calculated, effective scheme of our enemy. And he would love nothing more than to steal our attention away from God’s grander purpose for our days, and ultimately, from who God says we are in Him.
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.”
Your hands have made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.