Have you ever wondered how much time you waste per day by thinking about:
- Do these jeans make my tooshie look big?
- I need to lose weight!
- Is that woman (in front of you at the grocery store) thinner or fatter than me?
- Have I eaten “good” food or “bad” food today?
- I wish my ____________looked better.
Research shows that when you add all the time together women think about such things, it adds up to an hour a day.
What if you committed yourself to getting on with your life? After all,
you weren’t created to obsess about your body!
You have a much higher calling. So when you waste precious time obsessing about body image issues, you are robbing yourself and the world.
Phil 4:8 encourages us to think positive thoughts. “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.” Phil 4;8 helps me to focus on the positive.
For example, I’m planning to speak at churches about How to Defeat the Body Image Bandit, using lots of humor, research, and my own story. I’ll have the churches take up an offering and donate it to organizations that help victims of human sex trafficking. So instead of focusing on “Do these jeans make my tooshie look fat?” I’m spending my time planning and preparing the speech instead of combing through beauty and fashion magazines, comparing my body to those of photoshopped, concentration camp thin models. Such a much better use of my time.
Notice Phil 4:8 does not say:
“Finally, girlfriends, whatever can make your tooshie look sleek, trim, and keep cellulite off your thighs – think about such things.”
Yet we often live as though we were created to obsess about our bodies. After all, we’re so good at it!
What if you were to live out your gifts and talents, using your personality and story to become the person you were created to be? It’s time to stop obsessing about our bodies and get on with our true callings. You are a unique
and you were created for a much greater purpose. So get on with it!