As women, we all struggle at times with our body image and what we think we’re supposed to look like. Our society bombards us with images to look perfect through magazines, television and advertisements and the unrealistic body images they portray spills into our lives, causing failure. These media outlets are very much aware of the influence that celebrities and models have on us and use them as their selling point. But we all know the images of these beautiful women have been altered to give them the perfect appearance. They aren’t perfect.
In today’s world, our culture puts so much pressure on us to look beautiful, young and thin and it can be exhausting. We give up and choose unhealthy habits. But don’t give up! This is not what the Lord wants from us. If we belong to God, He reveals His truth about our body image, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-21). Knowing His Word encourages us to take care of our bodies – for it is His temple. He wants the best for us and if we are to share God’s light with others, then we need to stay healthy.
So are you ready for a change this year? Here are a few thoughts.
- You are unique, beautiful, gifted and there is nobody in the world like you.
- Avoid buying the magazines and trash the old ones. The majority of perfect bodies in magazines have been air brushed and altered to look flawless. They are not real. Stop comparing and quit striving to imitate these images.
- Start today. Eat healthy and get moving. Exercise. It’s never too late to develop a healthy lifestyle. (we’ll get going with this soon!)
- Identify between an unrealistic body image that is fed by the media and the image of a normal, healthy body. We are all different.
- Focus on your beautiful qualities and stop comparing yourself to others. You are beautiful!
- If you are unhappy with the way you look, try new styles, whether it’s clothes, makeup or hair. When we feel good about ourselves, we usually avoid unhealthy choices.
Take a few moments and read Psalm 139:14-16. The Lord tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and we’ve all been called to do great things. His works are wonderful! Let’s do this together.