Love Your Body
Today, I decided to repost one of my favorite blog posts from March 13, 2014.
“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone…So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” (John 1:4, 14 MSG)
As I am growing older I am growing to appreciate my body more. I am thankful for my health. I enjoy exercise. I am just happier with the body I have. A few days ago, I captured this picture of my spiritual daughter Angela performing a dance she choreographed to the song “When Sunday Comes.” Angela is a gifted dancer and emerging choreographer. Angela uses her body to express what’s in her heart through dance. I never ceased to be amazed at what the human body can do.
Not everyone is happy with their bodies. I was reading a blog post from Let Her Be Greater about how most people tend to be dissatisfied with their physical bodies. In fact, the article stated that 80% of American women report not liking their bodies. Wow! That’s a lot of unhappiness.
God created the human body and said it was good. Not only that, Jesus chose to live His earthly life in a human body. Jesus, God incarnate, chose to live, grow, breathe, and experience life on earth in a human body. Even now, Jesus retains His image in human form. The Bible tells us that He will return in human form. I can’t imagine for one minute He pondered whether He was too short or too fat or unattractive. And I can’t imagine He thought about any of those things that He looked at his disciples or the people He met along the way. He loved them.
Your body is inexplicably intertwined with your soul and spirit. Your body is your means of putting your vision into motion. Do you love your body? What do you say about your body? What do you fill it with? I challenge you to love your body and care for it. Give yourself a gratitude hug. Praise God for your body. Eat well, exercise well, and rest well.
“Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31 NLT)
p.s. The lovely art above was a gift to me from Crystal and Johanna. The woman’s hair and jewelry are made out of flower petals.