Body Image and Aging: My Eyelids Are Falling to my Bellybutton

My eyelids have a problem: They are falling every day, and at this rate they will be to my bellybutton by next Spring. I’ve thought of different ways to stop the sagging. I  could use scotch tape, but I’m not sure how well it would work. Or maybe tooth picks would do the trick. Neither of those options sound promising. I know duct tape would do the job, and it comes in pink and purple. Maybe I could use different colored tape for different outfits. (Ok, by now you hopefully know I’m kidding. Please don’t try any of these things!)

 

 

Thankfully, we are created for so much more than obsessing about our appearances. Our culture  blasts us with images from every angle, so I can easily forget that I have a much higher calling than obsessing about things such as my eyelids. The truth is God created me in his image, and I have a greater purpose than focusing on my eyelids, or any other part of my physique.

Deep in my soul, I know that I was created for so much more than fixating on questions like, “How can I get my eyelids to stay up in my northern hemisphere where they belong?” Or…drum roll, please…”Do these jeans make my tooshie look fat?”

Jesus cares much more about my heart than my runaway eyelids. He wants me to be the eyes, the hands, the love of Jesus, and to shine brightly in this world. He has crafted me as a unique masterpiece with gifts, talents, and a story, and he desires deeply for me to use those treasures for his glory.

I am me, and I can celebrate that I am a unique masterpiece. I’ve had the privilege of working with people through their hardships and helping them to see the beauty of their stories, and to grasp that they are each gems. And for that, I am eternally grateful.

My eyelids may be sliding south, but I know that I have a calling to show the light of Christ in this world. I can use the pain of two chronic illnesses and a divorce years ago from an abusive man to show people with humor and grace that they have much higher callings than focusing on appearance. I could obsess all day about my eyelids but I’m choosing to go out and live passionately to shine the love of Jesus.

What would it look like for you to stop obsessing about your appearance and focus on pointing people to the cross with your gifts, personality, stories, and talents? You are a masterpiece.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Momma Mindy says:

    You are always such an encouragement to fix my eyes on Jesus! Thanks for writing with passion.

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    1. Mindy,
      Thank you for the encouragement. Keep blogging! Blessings, Cherrie

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  2. Hi There! I just found you by doing a quick google search on body image blogs and you came up. I too share your stance that we are meant for sooooo much more than to be looked at or admired. I train women to run adventure races and and slowly starting a little blogging on it. We really really focus on getting over the dieting, and moving on with real life and more important things other than how we look. Essentially, I did the google search in a way to gather support and wanted to see just how much stuff is out there that is positive body image. Thanx for doing what you’re doing. I like it so far.:)

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    1. Thank you, Kristie. I will go online to check your blog out as well. I used to run six miles a day, and have been a competetive swimmer as well. I’ll stop by and check your your web site/blog. Thanks for visiting!

      Blessings,
      Cherrie

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