“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
I chose this verse to conclude this series on loving your body because it highlights and simplifies the most important thing: “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
What’s your motivation? What’s your reason for eating healthy? For exercising? Is it to glorify God through the use and care of your body, or is it to glorify you through the appearance of your body? Listen sis, if that question hits hard, and you feel like you’ve cared too much about how you look, and your first reaction was guilt, I want to free you from that.
We live in a culture that encourages women to feel ashamed and guilty about their appearance. We live in a culture that teaches women that their entire value is wrapped up in how they look. There are a lot of reasons for that and some of them will lead me down a path of feminist ranting and while I think I should provide that here sometimes, let me start with probably the least controversial explanation: when we feel insecure, we look for a solution. Then a cosmetics company, for example, offers that solution and takes our money. (Btw, I love makeup and I’m not saying that beauty products themselves are the problem! But I think it’s worth examining why we use them and how we feel if we don’t.)
I could say a lot more about this, but to stick to my main point, it isn’t your fault if you’ve been feeling insecure and tried to improve your insecurities by changing your appearance. It’s literally what we’re taught to do as women. But that’s so far from where God wants us to be.
We’ve learned to turn to ourselves and to our culture to find our confidence. But here’s the problem: if you learn to judge and criticize yourself that harshly, you aren’t going to magically be free from it when you hit a certain weight, or when a certain pant size fits. You’ll just find something new to judge yourself for.
I’m learning that we as women will only feel truly free from our insecurities when we view ourselves the way that God sees us.
I’m still learning exactly what that looks like. But I know He doesn’t care about my jean size. I know He wouldn’t love me more if I weighed less. I know that if I do everything for His glory, He’ll watch me and say, “well done,” and I want that more than I want compliments from the world.
Thank you for sticking with me on this series! Please drop a comment below to let me know how this spoke to you, or if there’s something else you’d like to see covered! I’ll see you back here soon.