Our Bodies Are Intended to Make us Feel Special
Look at a lineup of fellow girls standing in front of the mirror in the bathroom. Each pointing, pulling or prodding at the areas of her body that she likes the least. It has become an epidemic. By listening to the complaints from other girls, it’s easy to discover a few insecurities of our own. God did not intend for us to focus on our flaws. He created each and every one of our bodies and didn’t mean for them to be a point of stress in our lives. Rather He desires for them to be an aspect of celebration.
God makes no mistakes; He created every part of us with great care. By shaming our bodies and not treating them well, we shame God’s work. We should celebrate all that He did and not treat our bodies badly – they don’t deserve such negativity and neither do we. We need to be proud and embrace one another’s differences.
By shaming our bodies and not treating them well, we shame God’s work.
Celebrating our bodies means treasuring it, as well as staying healthy by treating it right. Healthy doesn’t mean being super skinny and having tight abs. It means eating right, staying active and getting the proper amount of sleep.
Although there’s nothing wrong with treating ourselves to sweet and sugary snacks, it’s vital that we feed our bodies with enough nutrients to function correctly. Not eating enough food can only do our bodies harm. We need energy from food in order to think and focus in school, play sports and do just about everything in between. Going outside and playing soccer or going to dance practice gives our bodies the exercise it needs. Being active includes being involved in our community and making sure we don’t spend half your day parked on the couch. Remember that the human body is a temple and when we treat it right, it will treat us well right back.
The human body is a temple and when we treat it right, it will treat us well right back.
God wants us to love our bodies. Positive body image comes from within, and by eliminating negative thoughts we make room for a positive self-image. When we focus on the parts of our body that we love, we minimize the aspects we don’t love. Our bodies are just one of the many gifts and talents we have received from God. He doesn’t like to see us stress out and feel uncomfortable about them. Our body doesn’t define who we are, but it helps show what makes each one of us special and unique. Even if we can’t admit to loving every single part of our body, we’re still capable of giving thanks to God for our beautiful bodies.