Maybe it's not difficult for us to reasonably agree with God when we read in the Bible about how lovely He thinks we are or how much He cares for us. But, start talking about our "loveliness" and "beauty" in reference to our physical bodies, and a full blown disagreement with our Creator starts taking place. We can easily see others as works of art. We look at our children and are in awe of God's dazzling creation, or look at our spouse and think of how spectacular they are. Hey, maybe we've even started to really accept that the person God created us to be on the inside is not so bad! But the moment we step in front of a mirror, all we hear are critical thoughts. Our eyes go to the parts of our body that we like the least, and most of our conclusions are judgmental and negative.
In this week's verse, we hear something very important. "Body and soul, I am marvelously made!" God doesn't just say that the soul is made amazingly. No, He includes the BODY and actually references it often in scripture. It is, in fact, one of the necessary tools He uses in this world to do His work. We are told that our bodies are HIS temple. He literally lives in us! Yet we treat our bodies with contempt - whether it's through the thoughts that we think or what we put into our bodies, or how much rest we give or deny ourselves. What if this week we said "no more"? What if we started agreeing with God and choose to believe our bodies are marvelously made?
This is not an easy task and one that is very difficult for me. I've spent so long not liking my body, feeling out of control when it comes to my body, and wishing it was something it isn't. Believing and practicing anything different from my patterned thoughts feels overwhelming. But, just like I spent years developing the habit of hating my body, I know it will take time to develop the habit of loving it. And friends, this is so important because we are the one person that's guaranteed to always be with ourselves during our time here on this Earth.
So please join me this week as I practice some new habits. Consider standing in front of the mirror, looking at your body and saying to each part of yourself, "I am marvelously made." Start at your head and move down to your feet as you say this. Look at a picture of yourself and listen to the song of the week. Sing it to yourself. Or start your day with the meditation. Then as you go through your day, pay attention to when you think or say critical thoughts about your body and replace them with the truth. "My body is marvelously made. It is where God lives." Try them all and see which one works for you! It's normal to feel uncomfortable. Just breathe through it...
Lisa is a deep-thinker, a philosopher in cute jeans and flip flops, a Nutty Professor - mom style. She recognized God's presence at an early age and has lived life mostly open to Him. She hears His voice in books, movies, and music - no matter the genre! She is serious about the work of living Loved, loving God, and loving people.