Musings

Body image

232We spend too much time worrying about how we look. And we judge too much on outward appearance.

I’ll be honest: I hate people complaining about their weight. I’ll also admit I did complain a bit after the birth of my son, so I’m not perfect. I am naturally thin–I actually weigh more when I exercise. I don’t worry about what I eat. So maybe I just don’t understand what it’s like for other people.

But I don’t own a scale. I don’t know how much I weigh and I don’t care. Because numbers on the scale do not really tell you anything. Particularly they don’t tell you about your self-worth.

I think bigger can be beautiful and we should be much more accepting of people. We shouldn’t ever think or tell someone that they need to loose some weight or put on makeup or do their hair different or anything like that. I don’t think loosing weight really changes who you are and how you feel about yourself. I think that focusing on your weight will never make you happy about your body image–because what you look like doesn’t really matter. Inner beauty shines through: you never can understand what people truly see in you by looking at a mirror.

I think our body image should be more about focusing on all the good our bodies do. Our bodies can stretch and move around; hearts beats; lungs breathe; mouths smiles; our ears hear; our eyes see.

I have a lot of stretch marks. But they are marks that remind me that I can carry and give birth to a 9 1/2 pound baby. So, in a way, they are beautiful. Wrinkles are a sign of wisdom and experience. They are beautiful. Large noses, pointy chins, receding hairlines–they are all things we can complain about–or they could remind us of our parents, our grandparents. They make us unique.

I was in a room of woman the other day. Everyone looked different. And everyone was beautiful in their own way–not because of external beauty, but because they had an inner beauty that shone through in smiles, in kind words, in genuine love.

Be happy with who you are and how you look. Because God gave you that body. He gave you that face. Be grateful. And that gratitude will make you so much more beautiful than any amount of makeup or fancy clothes or loosing weight ever can. 

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