I look in the mirror. Where did that girl from my college years go? Or better yet where did this past-middle-age woman come from?
The image looking back at me from the mirror has a few wrinkles, a couple of age spots (OK, more than a couple), and darkening circles under the eyes.
A band of gray encircles my face because I no longer highlight my dishwater blonde hair now that I’m retired. The gray contrasts with the darker hair creating a ready-made frame.
Where did she go? I know I couldn’t have possibly changed so much. But it’s not just the face.
There are those pounds gained in the baby years, the ones I lost right after, and now I see the joy of having a baby (now 43 years old) represented in shifting shapes– all over my body. Clothes to fit are harder to find and afford, and I’m not ready to look like a little old lady just yet.
How about you? Do you ever look in the mirror and wonder who is looking back at you?
Or do you fret over your changing body, especially if it’s not changing for the better?
Today I come to you with GOOD NEWS!
Go ahead. Get that cup of coffee and pull up a chair for this. I think you’re really going to love it.
Yes, God created us in His own image. Men and women. Created us to be like Him.
Because He created us, God loves us. And you know what? He loves us just the way we are because we are His creation.
I cringe when I ponder the impact advertising and social media has on our young women today.
Messages that unless their bodies are certain sizes, dimensions, or shapes the bodies they have are wrong.
Messages that encourage behaviors to lose extreme amounts of weight.
Eventually these young women become unhappy souls.
But God does not want us to abuse our bodies. He does not want us to abuse His creation. We are to love ourselves as He loves us–just the way He made us. We are to be pleased with the image He has created for us. Uniquely for us.
Think of it: Nine months we lay in the wombs of our mothers. Waiting for breath to be breathed into our tiny bodies. Waiting for those muscles to contract urging us forward into the world. In fact, the Bible shares with us that very act of waiting in the womb:
You see it took God’s crafting hand and heart to make us who we are. Months of nurturing and crafting, working as though we were a magnificent garment being knitted by hard-working hands. We are specially made.
The following quote is from a letter written by Amy Bloom to Women Everywhere. Her topic is body image, self-esteem, and how to feel beautiful. This is not to say that the Scriptures shared from God’s Word above are not enough to quell our fears and “less than good feelings” about ourselves. However, some may read this who need a word or two from another woman who has “been there, done that.” (You can read the entire article by Amy Bloom here.)
What about you? Do you struggle with self-image, self-esteem, or your body image? Do you know how much you are loved in spite of who you see in the mirror?
It’s not an easy battle we wage against TV, movies and advertisers. I’d love it if you’d share your opinions and perhaps even a tip for coping with these issues in the comment section below.
Linking up on Monday with:
Kelli Woodford at Unforced Rhythms
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