Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Feeling Beautiful

Self-image is a topic that touches every single woman, and it is certainly a big part of our weight struggles in this group. This topic has been touched upon so many times in our conversations.

Without knowing and believing that we are beautiful and a priceless, it is so difficult to become our best on the outside. It is too easy to become wrapped up in what the world views as "beautiful." And it is too easy to measure our self-worth by approval from people around us, whether it be our spouses, family, or comparing ourselves to friends or even the airbrushed models in magazines. But that isn't where we should be looking. We should know that we were created beautiful. We were created with dignity and that dignity comes from God, so no one can take that away or lessen it in any way. To begin our journey to becoming the best we can be, it has to start here to be truly successful and long-lasting. One scripture I have always loved, and unfortunately forget all-too quickly, is 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. It reads, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body." All that we do, all that we are is to praise the God who made us in His image and likeness. If the holy Spirit finds our body as His dwelling place, 1) shouldn't we see how beautiful our bodies must be? and 2) shouldn't we want to keep them as clean and beautiful as we are able?

So, that's my goal to begin this journey - to remember this and remember that my beauty is already there...I'm just doing my part to make this temple as beautiful as I can for my Lord.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this wonderful reminder! It is so easy to get wrapped up in others' expectations/opinions and wanting to be pleasing to THEM. You helped remind me who I am to focus my efforts and feelings of validation on...