I really like my body. Funny thing is, I have no idea why! I used to get so frustrated by its shape and mass. But recently, I have felt nothing but gratitude.
My middle is deliciously doughy, thanks in part to twin pregnancy with the first two, and also thanks to a bit of stress-eating during foster care training for the third. But it doesn’t scare me. It reminds me of my journey.
My face has these creases now that will eventually mature into the most joyful wrinkles. I dot know why, but I like them.
My legs aren’t tan, my hair isn’t blonde, my arms aren’t toned and my abs aren’t strong.
But I really like my body just the same.
Maybe it is being 31. Maybe it is a regimen of very helpful vitamins. Perhaps it is 10 years of focusing on thinking right (even when I am not eating right) that is finally paying off. I can’t physically bench press more than the lifting bar at the gym, but mental health-wise, I’ve trained for this. It’s not so difficult anymore to lift the mental weight of loving my body weight.
Ultimately, I think my body-love is the result of the best beauty advice ever. You’ve heard the trick: if you don’t like the way you look, spend a little time on your eyes. Instant appearance improvement.
I’m all for a swish of mascara, but I believe “it’s all about the eyes” is actually a biblical concept. Psalms 16 says:
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will rest secure. (Psalms 16:8-9)
To be clear, the threats of body-shaming and self-loathing we face today don’t quite compare to the death threats the author of Psalm 16 was facing. However, our confidence comes from the same source, regardless of our circumstances.
My body security comes from knowing the God who created me and approves of me because of His Son living in me.
I don’t always feel good about it, and there are seasons I need to redirect special attention toward it with more activity and healthier foods. But my priority for my body will remain the same today at 31 as it did at 21, and hopefully will continue to be at 41 and 81.
As they say, it’s all in the eyes… gazing at Christ.
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