This post doesn't have much to do with fitness or nutrition, but I have realized one thing about both of these topics: our society always seems to try to motivate people to 'eat right' and 'get fit' in order to look better. I admit, I do feel better about how I look when I eat right and exercise, but when it really comes down to it, those two things have nothing to do with being beautiful!
Regardless of your weight, height, age, or overall appearance, has anyone ever told you that you were WONDERFULLY made? Well...You were! The Bible says in Psalm 139:14, that you were both "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!" Now I understand that the Bible is not exactly the 'common' or even 'popular' standard used to measure beauty, but I have found through my own personal experience that it is the ONLY way. Why do I say this? Because I have looked to people in the past to define and affirm my beauty, and it it didn't matter what kind of validation I received, I was always disappointed. In fact, when I looked to others or the mirror to tell me I was beautiful, it was then that I found myself reaping feelings of doubt, loss of self esteem, and seeds of insecurity.
However, when I chose to look to God for my validation, He provided me with constant fulfilling and lasting affirmation. If you open the Bible, you will see verse after verse telling us how He CHOSE US, how He LOVES US, and He tells us that He has GOOD PLANS for us! It isn't until we understand how valuable we are to God, that our life begins to radiate true BEAUTY because we will start to reflect Him!
Don't believe me?
Take a moment to think about a woman who shines and radiates love... A woman who is full of joy and peace... That woman may never appear on the cover of a magazine, but one thing is sure, even without seeing her picture, she us undeniably and stunningly beautiful.
I heard a song on the radio by Johnny Diaz recently, titled "A More Beautiful You". It really spoke to my heart. I find that the Lord often brings the words of this song back to my mind when I start to have moments of doubt or insecurity...And it always reminds me, that I need to remember what HE says about me in His Word.. that He created me wonderful and unique, and the same goes for YOU!