Love Never Fails : Let’s talk a little more about Body Image

I posted last week about Body Image. (You can read that post here.) I received a lot of feedback, and it is very clear that I am not the only person who is struggling with this issue. Even my husband related in some ways, and he’s well, you know, a guy!

As I thought more about the feelings behind poor self-image, I recognized that at the root of it all is one, big, ugly word:

SHAME.

And you know what? It started in the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve ate the Forbidden Fruit, they suddenly became aware of their nakedness and became ashamed. (Genesis 3) One choice. One disobedient decision caused a painful realization that they now had something to hide.

We’ve been hiding ever since.

Shame. It’s everywhere. It’s how gyms sell memberships and cosmetic surgeons sell surgery. It looks like Botox and fat freezing and the South Beach Diet. We all can benefit from healthy choices, from working out at the gym and eating the right foods. The problem is, that my first motivator for a diet or exercise or considering Botox or cosmetic surgery is this:

My appearance doesn’t measure up to the standard someone else has set for me.

Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with taking care of our bodies. It’s the motivation for doing so that is at the root of the issue. Let’s make choices in order to be healthy. Let’s reconsider those things that are only about outward appearances. (Let’s not get too carried away here… I will still cover my gray hairs!)

I am trying to come to terms with the image I have of my body. When I remove the shame, I can then focus on things that I should do to live a healthier lifestyle. Fitting exercise into my insanely busy work life is a challenge I have yet to figure out. In this season of my life, I have made a conscious choice to give first priority to my spiritual health. I could go to the gym at 6 a.m. or I could read and pray and journal and be connected with God at 6 a.m. I choose the latter because it is what feeds my soul. It’s what grounds me and what sets my day off on the right tone. For others, a morning on the treadmill feeds their soul. I’m totally cool with that. And I’m trying to keep shame out of it!

Let’s be more thoughtful this week about our bodies and where our focus is. Ask God to show you his view of you and try to love yourself a little more. Give yourself a little more grace. I’m trying to do that too. Because

Love Never Fails

Love Never Fails

This is the 19th post in my series Love Never Fails for the Write 31 Days blogging challenge. You can click here to go to my introduction page and find links to all the posts in the series. Also, if you’d like to receive these posts directly in your inbox, just enter your email address in the bar to the right. I promise to never share your information.

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