How is your Body Image?
“When ever you feel unloved, unimportant, or insecure,
remember to whom you belong.”
Does your body make you feel unloved, unimportant, or insecure? Please take a moment and let me remind you that you were created in God’s image. You are perfect exactly the way you are. This does not mean to ever stop being the best person you can be or continue to better yourself and grow. This simply means that you are who you are and that is the perfect person you can be. This is who God wants in this world right now. We all have those moments when we feel less than perfect. You may have woken up this morning and your pants fit a little tight.
There are two ways to handle this feeling. You can sink lower in your self-image, metaphorically put on a pair of sweats, and crawl back in bed with a donut, or you can make a change right then to love your body and do the best you can to make it look and feel amazing. Now this is important so listen closely. The perfect body is yours! Not your neighbors or your favorite TV star, Yours.
Listen to your body and only put into it what makes it feel fueled and good. For me, these are simple foods with little to no preservatives that are easy for your body to digest. Of course, I would say that adding exercising is a good idea. If you are able to add this to your schedule, then of course yes. I know we are all busy and it is not always easy to exercise, but your body will love you if you are able to add a little in once in a while.
I encourage you to start with 5 minutes. After that 5 minutes make sure you think wow, I got in a little exercising today. It doesn’t matter how much you do, but how you think about it. I can run for an hour, but if I’m negative about it the whole time, did I win? No, in fact, it will be that much harder to start the next time you have time. As you can slowly add more until you find the perfect time and intensity for your body. Body image is what we make of it.
Ladies, if you want a bikini body then put on a bikini! BAM! Done. If you wait for your neighbor’s body you will never feel good about yours. God made you perfect for you. Guys, if you want to rock a slick look then go for it. Confidence is sexy and a healthy body image is empowering and joyful for you. When you love your body then God feels that love too. There are always little things we can do to improve ourselves and I encourage you to do that in every part of your lives and never stop.
Our bodies may be giving us subtle or not-so-subtle signs that we need to follow in order for us to feel the best we can, but our minds and how we see ourselves have a lot to do with our body image as well. Please remember that God loves you, thinks you are important, and wants you to embrace who you are and who you were created to be. So, the next time you feel unloved, unimportant, or insecure, remember who you belong.
Please God be with us this week and help us to love our bodies and see them the way you do. Help each one of us go out today and tomorrow feeling confident in knowing that this is the perfect us.