In an evening thread of messages, my friends and I started talking about our weight gain, “the COVID-19” likening it to the Freshman 15 (that people talk about when starting the first year in college). We sent messages back and forth and eventually it led to one friend saying how ‘if only we could see ourselves through the eyes of others.’
Oh how we are much more than the number on the scale and more fitting than the size of our clothing.
We are more valuable than the birds, the Bible says.
Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? (NLT)
Matthew 10 :
So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. (NLT)
Yet, we don’t have the eyes to see at times, don’t we? We end up criticizing ourselves.
Friends, we’re going to go through a lot of little changes during this shelter-in-place season. Some changes will manifest itself physically like weight gain… or loss (for the few disciplined folks who are following good eating habits and routine workouts at home). Each of us can make a (long) list of loss!
Let’s remind ourselves that we are seen through the best eyes of all: God. Friend, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, because of what Jesus did on the cross you are a new creation. *If you want this relationship with Jesus, please comment or connect somehow with me! I’d love to tell you! *Let’s remember the heart-things:
We are forgiven, redeemed, justified, sanctified, beloved, cherished, and made in his image. Sometimes, we say “I am ugly”, but He says, “You are beautiful. We say, “I am less than”, through Jesus he says, “You are enough because I am enough.” We say, “I am alone”; He says, “I am with you always.”
What if what we weigh right now is the frame we need for the work we do and why we do. What if the grays are supposed to grow in to signify aging AND display God’s WISDOM in us?! What if we are to be thankful and act out of place of worship rather than whining.
Friends, let’s go to God when we’re assessing our outer image. Let’s thank him for all of us… the “good and the bad.” Let’s ask him to mold us and make us into who he wants us to be… for such a time as this.
Father, I confess that I can pick on myself pretty badly. My friends see me and are encouraging. Will you help me to be thankful and wise in my choices? Help me remember not to beat myself up and when I’m feel low to come to you for a boost in both heart and body. Teach me wisdom in what I take in both in mouth and mind. Overall, help me to remember who I am in you, God. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
*If you’re curious about a relationship with Jesus and how one can know God, please comment or connect somehow with me! I’d love to tell you!