I never thought I would be a girl who would obsess over calories, care about what a number on a scale was or how thin my thighs looked. But, I am a flawed human being who falls at the hand of insecurities and lies of the enemy from time to time, and my senior year of high school, “loving my body” meant obsessing over working out and neglecting food. In all honesty, even now it’s something I have to fight from falling into again.
This is sadly something most girls deal with. Maybe at some point you too looked in the mirror and thought, “If only my waist was just a little thinner,” or, “If only I had a thigh gap.” Especially in this generation it can be hard to not over analyze your body imagine. That’s why today I want to talk about what it means and looks like to love your body without obsessing over it. It’s important to be body confident, but being body confident can easily become body shaming. So, what exactly does it look like to love your body in a healthy way? Glad you asked.
- Remember Who Created You:
Psalm 139: 14
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
It’s hard to always remember this when we live in a world that is constantly telling us who we are and are not, and what we need to change about ourselves. But, the more you remember that God says you are fearfully and wonderfully made, and if you take the time to soak in His word and presence, the more your mindset and opinion of yourself will become God focused and not World focused. Block out the influence of the enemy trying to make you feel like you’re not good enough. God see’s you for what you truly are – beautiful, strong, courageous, enduring, brave, and astonishing.
- There’s Nothing Wrong With Eating Healthy and Working Out
Making sure you eat healthy and are doing some sort of physical activity is actually good, and your body needs it. You just have to make sure being healthy, doesn’t turn into becoming obsessive. Your body needs nutrients but it also needs rest. If you neglect it and over work it in order to obtain a certain weight, you will do more harm than good.
- It’s Good To Be Confident
Girl strut yo stuff. It’s healthy to be confident and you should be. No matter what size, shape, or height you are! You are stunning, regardless of a number. Wear what will make you confident, and walk in confidence knowing that you are beautiful whether the tabloids say so or not.
- Make Sure You Are Resting
I have a bad habit of stretching myself too thin and when that happens it usually means I am getting minimal sleep and rest. When I do this to myself, my mindset becomes extremely negative and I tend to analyze myself and find every flaw even if those said flaws are only in my imagination. One of those flaws is me feeling like I am not “fit” enough. The moment I get sleep and my body has been able to re-charge, I realize how crazy it was for me to think such a thing and I realize that I am perfectly fine with where I’m at physically. So, make sure to rest and take time to let yourself recharge because your mindset and view of things become extremely jaded if you don’t.
I cannot stress to you, how beautiful and wonderfully made you are. My prayer for you is that every time you step in front a mirror, or see a photo of yourself, you begin to see yourself through the eyes of the Lord.
Song of Solomon 4:7 “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”