Do you ever think about your body?
You think about the extra fat on your thighs, your acne scars, or your not so white teeth. Love, I know you think about that. My many (perceived) flaws are on my mind every day.
To be honest, I mentally critique parts of my body at least once every waking hour. That’s 16 times every day and that’s a conservative estimate.
There are a lot of conversations on the internet about the way the media and advertising affect women’s body image and I know it to be true. I’ve felt it affect me and have seen it affect many of my friends. I went camping with some girlfriends this past weekend for some bonding time before the school year starts and the issue of body image came up during one of our many campfire conversations. We talked about our own insecurities about our bodies, our fear of swimsuit shopping, and feeling like a women’s worth comes from a males attention yet sometimes hating that attention at the same time (one girl mentioned a guy who catcalled her, she was wearing scrubs, yo).
After some pretty real and raw talk someone said “Sometimes we don’t realize how incredible our bodies are. Our brains alone are remarkable.” This stuck with me. Here we are criticizing our incredibly, fearfully, and wonderfully made bodies.
What if we replaced every negative thought about our body with a praise to the one who made it, thanking him for it’s complexity?
Your stretch marked skin is the largest organ in your body. It protects you from the harsh environment and completely renews itself every 28 days.
Your legs that lack a thigh gap belong to a human and humans are the best long distance runners of any mammals.
You large feet? In order to run, 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments and a network of nerves, tendons and blood vessels in your feet all need to work together.
Your flabby core is where your body is capable of knitting together another equally complex being.
Your hair that falls flat no matter how much hair spray you use is altogether strong enough to hold 12 tons.
Lately I’ve been pondering my thought life and how it affects every other area of my life. The things you think become the things you believe and then act on. I wrote this post because I need a change on my perspective of my body. I definitely am not good at it yet but I’m trying to change my thinking patterns so I can change my body image.
Our bodies are not perfect but they are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. And honey, that makes you so much more than the sum of your parts.
Genesis 1:27 To find out more about this verse read this article.