June 2, 2016

What is the purpose of your body?

We spend more time that we would like to admit scrolling through our social media accounts. These feeds are filled with toned bikini bodies, perfectly styled outfits, gourmet meals that make our current diner look pathetic, and hair to die for. All the while, as we are scrolling, we are taking mental note to workout more, eat less, try harder, do more, be better.

Now, anyone who knows me knows I am all about improving yourself and making the me I am today better than the me I was yesterday, but that's not really what I am getting at here. That is a different topic for a different day. What I am talking about is the toxic thoughts that enter our minds and mold our way of thinking without us even knowing it.

"Your bodies main purpose is not to attract others to it."

I read this quote yesterday from an article in Relevant Magazine and it stopped me in my tracks.

I had never actually thought about this: What is the purpose of my body? In my mind I have been beating myself up over the parts of my body based on how attractive it was, which isn't its main intention when given to us by Christ to steward. I am in effect judging my body by a standard it was never created to uphold. My standard for my body was the Instagram post, how it would look in clothes to myself and others, how toned and not dimply my legs were, how long my bat wings continued to wave long after my hand had stopped. But that has very little to do with its actual purpose.

Our bodies are purposed to bring glory to God. 

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers {:aha:: sisters:}, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” - Romans 12:1

I am not suggesting that we all now dress in paper sacks, never wear make-up, and unplug from all of our curling irons and straighteners. But I think the purpose of something defines how you think about it and use it. So the next time you scroll through your social media feed be a bit more on guard with the standards this may be setting in your mind and take a moment to remind your longing self that your bodies purpose was never meant to attract other to it, but rather to eminent praise to the one who created it. It could change everything and it may just be the mind shift you need to break past that weight plateau.

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