God’s Image of My Body Image

This is something I wrote a while back and doing day eight of the  3030 challenge -check it out or follow along- reminded me of it. Now, I want to share it with anyone who is interested. Anyone who struggles with their body image and how this fits in with your faith.  This specific piece is pointed towards women, however, it is not limited to women because I am well aware it is not only this gender that struggles with it.

It’s not an easy thing to deal with in today’s society but I hope this encourages you as it did me during the process of writing it!

Media today has a cruel way of setting an example for young women. How many times a day do women come upon Victoria Secret ads, dieting and exercise apps or simply commercials that advocate a certain body type or appearance? The answer is, a number larger than we realize.

These are not random; these companies have access to information on what you are searching regularly. Once they have this, that company strategically places women, displaying their products to pop up on the screen. Women that are just under six feet tall have slim long legs, flawless skin and a body young women wish they could have. Flat stomachs, thigh gaps, zero fat and without a second thought, people are attracted to this and strive to be this.

Many don’t understand that this image is usually tampered with; Photoshop is an effective tool when used for the right reasons. When anyone can rearrange and transform faces and bodies, how do you ever know what is real? Too many women don’t even question this, assuming this figure is something they should acquire as well. Little do they know, it is physically impossible to achieve…naturally.

The number of apps out there that allow anybody to touch up and filter photos is astonishing. There are tools to get rid of blemishes of any kind, to change the color of your eyes, or to make your nose look smaller and hundreds of other options. What is this teaching women today? That suddenly it’s okay and expected to change your body? That the only way to have this perfect figure is to starve yourself or over exercise, and then get online and shift and shape the rest?

“So God created mankind in his own image; in his own image God created them; he created them male and female.” Genesis 1:27. There is proof in the very first chapter of the Bible who we were made after. By going along with this “trend”, especially being involved ourselves, are we not mocking God? Saying, “My body isn’t good enough,” then, turning to unnatural ways to attempt to fix it.

Later in 1 Corinthians 3:16 we are asked an important question, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” If our bodies are considered a temple to God, we should desire to take care of it in a healthy and appropriate way.

What happened that made society believe it’s okay to have standards and expectations for women that are unreachable? More importantly, what do we do to end these unrealistic ideals?

First, we break the mold ourselves. Easier said than done. However, starting with our own bodies and understanding that each piece was masterly put together by God Himself is a place to begin. Only then, can we reach out to those women and others around us who are not aware of the truth that God created them in His likeness for a reason. Harming and changing our bodies just because we idolize women who look “better” is not only hurting ourselves but our Creator as well.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Words and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)

How Long Oh Lord?

“How long oh Lord?

Will You forget me forever?

How long will you hide Your face from me?

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts

Every day have sorrow in my heart?

How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, God.”

Psalm 13: 1-3.

This has been my cry for too long now. Do you ever just get stuck in a pit and have no energy, motivation, or urgency to jump out of it? You just keep digging and digging. One negative thought after another adding another foot of darkness around yourself. One lie after the other (from the enemy) adding another foot of darkness at the same time.

Sometimes before you realize it, you’ve gone so deep that you cannot even see the surface any longer. It’s all black; no hint of light for miles. You wonder how you could possibly get out of it. You begin to doubt it, you say it’s impossible, you believe it’s too difficult and there’s no way to solve the problem. If you just sit there for a while, things will start to change on their own. The hole will get smaller each day you wait.

Except it doesn’t. You just keep digging and digging without even realizing. Sometimes I honestly question if getting out of the hole is worth it. All the energy and work that it requires and what if nothing changes once you get out? Isn’t it just easier to stay put and do nothing, wishing and hoping for something to happen?

I think it is the easy way out; at first glance, it seems it’s the best option. But, down the road, it only causes trouble. If we stay inside our hole of self-pity, regret, doubt, laziness, sin, unhappiness etc. it only hinders us, our relationship with God and others.

I know that, and yet something inside me says trying to climb out is a bad idea. It’s not going to get me anywhere. It only leaves room for more pain once I reach the top.

This, while I didn’t see it at first, was straight from the enemy.

However, I am still lost when it comes to figuring out how to get out. Where do I even begin? I can’t see enough to know where I’m going, how am I supposed to go anywhere but down?

I guess it means leaving it all up to God. Surrendering myself, admit that I can’t do this alone and that I need His help. For some reason, this is very difficult for me, but I know it’s something I need to do. Surrender. What an intimidating word. It gives me the chills. It terrifies me and ignites me all at once. But, I am willing to try.

When I found the verse above, I was wide awake at 2 a.m. my mind buzzing and my body was full of anxiety, confusion, and anger. I opened my Bible- Which went against everything I wanted to do-  and that verse was the first thing I saw. It was comforting to know that someone else, even thousands of years ago felt like this too.

Then I continued to read, which is where my hope and strength came from to get through the night and the days until now.

“Give light to my eyes or I will sleep in death.

My enemy will say  ‘I have overcome him/her’

And my foes will rejoice when I fall.

But, I trust in your unfailing love. My heart rejoices in your salvation.

I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me,”

Psalm 13: 3-6

I hope if you ever feel this way that you tell yourself that there is no such thing as a lost cause and that you can climb out of even the darkest, deepest, dirtiest of holes and crawl right into the arms of the Father.

 

Until next time,

Aubree

(God, I pray for whoever reads this that You use these words for their good and for their needs specifically. And that anything I might have said that does not align with Your Word and beliefs that You change it so that it does.)