Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sweating, Sweets and Tummy Tucks

You must not have any other gods but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other Gods. Exodus 20:3-5

Why can't we be pleased with our body images?  (Trust me..I'm right here in this category!) Why must we put body image on such a pedestal that we do crazy things to make ourselves "perfect". Diets, surgery, starvation, over exercising, and so much more.

First we have to face that what you see in the media that is portrayed as perfect - well it's a lie!  Yes, Hollywood and all those skinny ladies with perfect skin - yes it's a lie!  Shocker, right?!? So comparing yourself to that standard is downright wrong.

Yes, we are to take care of our bodies as they are a temple that God gave to us.  And yes, we must eat healthy to live as well as exercise to keep our bodies strong  - but the moment we start to "obsess" with how much we eat or how much we exercise it becomes an idol. We need to stop spending so much time thinking about us - our weight, wrinkles, diet, etc. And we need to start thinking more about Him - and what he wants for us.

Some people have a hard time appreciating how eating disorders or over exercising can fall into the addiction category, but the moment that you let food or exercise or body image consume your thoughts and action - well, it has now become an addiction. But, like all other addictions, you CAN overcome.