I’ll be honest. It’s been hard to stay focused and motivated on my health journey this summer.
And the results are telling.
I haven’t gained back all I’ve lost, but I just haven’t made much more progress.
But it’s left me wondering why it’s been a struggle of late? The deeper I dig into that question, the more I discover that my motives for this journey have been tainted by vanity – by a desire to look good and feel good about myself.
I think almost all women struggle to some degree with body image – we all long to be wanted and loved. And for some reason we think physical beauty is the ticket.
But what if we are completely missing the point of these bodies God has given us?
The Lord brought this verse to my mind yesterday –
For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:20
What if the purpose of this body is solely to bring glory to God?
What if it’s not about me feeling good about myself, but about God bringing glory to Himself?
What if the way I care for what He has given me is an act of thanksgiving?
What if acting as an image bearer through this body is an act of worship?
Maybe giving birth to my children is glorifying because it reflects God as Creator of life.
Maybe serving the body of Christ is glorifying because it reflects God’s love.
Maybe even intimacy with my husband glorifies God because it reflects His unity.
And maybe this health journey can be motivated by a desire to bring God glory too.
Though I had tidbits of these thoughts when I began this journey, they’re beginning to settle down in my soul a bit more lately.
How can I glorify God with my body today?
It will probably look a little different for each of us. But as followers of Christ, I think it’s probably the most important question we can ask ourselves on this journey.
So, how can you glorify God with your body today?