We’re talking about body image this month, and boy is this a great topic. You can struggle with body image your whole life, and that would be such a shame because God didn’t intend for us to live that way.
I praise you, because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. – Psalm 139:14
We all KNOW that verse but it can be hard to feel ‘wonderfully made’ when it seems like every other girl at church or school is a lot more wonderfully made than we are!
Some of us have experienced bullying, and it’s awful. But I would say that sometimes our worst bully is the voice inside our heads. We do it to ourselves, and how sad is that?
Would you tell your friend that her legs look stumpy or her nose looks lumpy? No, never! Right?
So why on EARTH is it ok to whisper that to ourselves?
Here’s the short answer: it’s not.
We were created to be the best version of OURSELVES. Did you catch that? We aren’t supposed to have the same face, same eyes, same skin as anyone else. We’re supposed to be ourselves and that’s it.
God created us to be healthy, sure. He gave us an amazing body that we shouldn’t load up with garbage (like 27 Oreos every night) but we can all be beautifully healthy and not be the same size.
Just in case you missed that: YOU CAN BE HEALTHY AND NOT BE THE SAME SIZE.
We are not supposed to have the same size thighs as our best friend, or the same hair, or the same arms. We are supposed to have our body and be good caretakers of that body! God only gave us one, and that’s the one we’re supposed to focus on.
Girls, I’d be lying if I said I got this all figured out. If I told you I never looked at someone else and wished I looked like her! But what a waste of a life, to only mope around and wish you were somebody else.
You’re not! You’re beautiful YOU and that’s all that God asks of you.
Think about that. The magazines ask you to be some kind of girl, your friends may all look a certain way, but God says – No, be the best version of what I made you.
It’s that simple.
God gave us the body that’s going to carry us through life, and all He asks is that we take care of it, that we feed it good food, give it good exercise and treat it with respect.
If that means we learn to eat right and exercise and we still aren’t a size zero, that’s ok! We aren’t called to be a jean size, we’re called to be healthy. It’s taken me a long time to learn that, and I’m still learning, but I want you girls to hear it loud and clear now, so you can start learning it early.
In the comments below, tell us what bothers you about your body image, and how you’re going to readjust your thinking about it. What are you going to tell yourself the next time you start getting bummed out and whining about how you look? Share your pep talk!
Here’s mine: “I am not as skinny as some of my friends and that doesn’t matter. My body is healthy and strong and carries me through my day and I am lucky to have it. And my nose isn’t big; it’s cute! 😉