So today's exercise asks what are your hopes both personally and for the world with regard to body image and beauty perception and how can you begin to live your hopes today?
- See and love myself as God does; be kind, gracious, loving and merciful to myself just as the Lord is to me... a good metaphor for me is to treat myself as I would this precious, innocent, little Meagan...
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing" (Zephaniah 3:17).
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. (Psalm 139:17-18)
- Treat my body as God's temple
- Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. (1Cor. 6: 19-20)
- Be a good steward of my body so that He may use me
- self-care through nourishment, hydrating, exercising, vitamins...
- For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Eph. 2:10)
- Let go of weight, clothing size and the identity I find in them.
- I am chosen of God, holy and dearly loved. (Colossians 3:12)
- Accept myself at a healthy weight for me and maintain this long-term.
- For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-14)
- Believe in my heart that my beauty has nothing to do with outer appearance, but God radiating through me.
- Don't depend on things like fancy hairdos or gold jewelry or expensive clothes to make you look beautiful. Be beautiful in your heart by being gentle and quiet. This kind of beauty will last, and God considers it very special. (1Peter 3:3-4)
- Remember that the people in my life who truly love and care about me will love and accept me no matter what I look like, but more importantly I am loved and accept by my God.
For the World-
- I want the same for the world as I do for myself. I think that people would be so different, more peaceful and joyful, if they could just love and accept themselves right where they are at and quit trying to be someone else.
- I wish that there wasn't so much focus on size, image, agelessness, food, diet, exercise, I could go on and on and more positive focus on who we are as people not as bodies. We are not our bodies (I say this for you just as much as I say it for me), they simply house our true selves. I believe by acknowledging this we are better able to take care of ourselves based on God's desires for our entire being rather than on the world's. (this is not easy, trust me, I know)
- Renew my thought life through the Word
- Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. -Rom. 12:2
- Choose to think happy thoughts
- Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. -Philippians 4:6-10
- Be a good steward of my body, mind, soul and spirit.
- Do what's right even when it doesn't feel good... feelings are NOT facts!!!
- Allow Christ's grace, mercy and unconditional love in my life overflow into the lives of others so that they may truly experience Him and come to a place of accepting and loving themselves.
- Be active in helping others see their true inner beauty.
- Leave 'You are beautiful' notes as part of Operation Beautiful
Beautiful By: Mercy Me