Turning Back to What Matters
It’s easy to read this article and agree, but tomorrow when your “fat pants” are snug or you weigh yourself or you find yet another gray hair or wrinkle, it’s not as easy to embrace. There are some elements to aging and maturing that we simply must accept. There are inescapable truths.
We are getting older, every day. So is creation. We can’t fight this—there is no fountain of youth. Instead, we should normalize aging with grace and class as a godly, Proverbs 31-type woman would do.
We should recognize that God is telling the truth in Proverbs 31:30: "Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised."
And we must believe God wasn’t lying when He inspired David to write Psalm 139:13-18.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you."
In the book Breaking Free of Body Shame, author Jess Connolly points out that our bodies are good because God said so—that they are not meant to be projects to continually work on, then present to the world for evaluation.
And oh, isn’t that what we do? We join a fitness program or start a diet and tell the world so we can stay motivated and start posting “after” pics as soon as possible. Then we inevitably dive into shame and condemnation when our “after” isn’t as dramatic as we’d hoped, or we fall off that proverbial wagon and binge eat Ben & Jerry’s while watching yet another episode of The Office.
We’re striving for man’s approval (note, for some of us, that might mean “man” in the generic, humankind sense, and for others, it might mean “men” in the specific sense of male approval and validation of our beauty) yet it’s never enough when we get it. We always strive for more.
That’s because we were never meant for our own glory. We were meant to give glory to God.
Are your thoughts toward your body God-honoring, or creation-berating? Are you doing your best to take care of the temple God gave you, so that you could do the good works planned since before time began? (Ephesians 2:10) Or are you more focused on vanity and the kind of beauty that fades?
It comes down to this—which voice are you going to listen to? The enemy’s voice casting shade and doubt on all that is true? Or the voice of the Lord, the very God of the universe who created you in His image, and named you ezer?
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