This week in the Made To Crave Bible study, we're discussing how we are not defined by the numbers on the scale - how we should make peace with our bodies, no matter what shape they are in at any given moment in time.
Making peace with my body has been an ongoing process...I've gone back and forth between hating the extra pounds and loving myself for who I am no matter what I see on the scale or in the mirror for as long as I can remember.
Growing up, I started to gain weight in 3rd grade. Before that I was way too skinny because I was sometimes too nervous to eat more than a piece of toast before school. So as a child/teen I always heard comments about my body, ranging from looking like I was starving to being "disgusting" because I had gained weight. I don't think I ever heard that I looked good (other than from my parents) until I was out of high school and lost the weight for good, leveling out in a healthy range for my height. Even then, jealous people would tell me I was still too skinny or notice every time I put on a couple of pounds and warn me about "getting fat again".
Being young and impressionable, I listened way too much to those outside voices. I'd torture myself over everything, which didn't help in my having a healthy relationship with food. I'd binge, starve myself, pretend not to care...at one point I even used laxatives to keep my weight in check. Thankfully an angel voice inside of me got me to stop this destruction after about five months. I gained weight, but at least I wasn't taking Ex-Lax or Correctol and harming myself that way.
I've made progress, both in loving my body and losing some of the excess weight. My thoughts still fluctuate when I hear kids make fun of me and snicker, or get dirty looks from adults who should know better. But this Bible study is helping me realize that other people don't determine my worth - GOD does.
So my challenge for myself - and for you - is to stop the minute we hear something negative about our bodies, whether from ourselves or from others who have no place to judge. Replace those words and thoughts with thoughts of God. We are His children - we are always beautiful to Him!