I took two nine-year-old girls to the pool the other day. When we sat down for a snack, I watched one of them look at the ice cream sandwich she’d chosen, then look down at her stomach, then look back at the ice cream sandwich. She said “I don’t know if I should’ve gotten this. My stomach is starting to get a little fat.” To which the other girl responded while staring questionably at her own ice cream sandwich, “me too!! We’re so bad. We should’ve gotten fruit or something.” To which I responded (in my head, but we did come dangerously close to an outburst) you are NINE YEARS OLD!!! And you’re concerned about what your stomach looks like?! Eat the freaking ice cream!
Okay but seriously… from where and how does a nine-year-old get the idea that they can’t eat certain things because they need to look a certain way?! I was so caught off-guard by her comment that I didn’t even know what to say. All I did was laugh and tell them to eat their snacks; they shouldn’t worry about that stuff.
But if I would’ve had time to think about it, I would’ve told those girls that they were handcrafted by God Himself. Do they know that? And when they, or when we, get the idea in our heads that our bodies somehow aren’t good enough, do we even realize what we’re doing? We are trying to tell the Creator of the Universe that what He has created is flawed. That He must have done something wrong because His work doesn’t measure up to our standards.
When it’s put like that it sounds like an absolutely ridiculous thing to do, doesn’t it? But we all do this every single day without even thinking! Confession: I did it this morning when one of my first thoughts upon rolling out of bed was whyyyy did you get cookie dough on your fro-yo last night?
Really? This is what we choose to focus on instead of the fact that each and every one of us was knit together by the hands of our Savior? And we are human. We aren’t perfect. We aren’t going to love ourselves 100% of the time. But what place do you or I have to doubt the Creator of the world’s ability to create?
“You formed my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful; I know that well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was woven together in the secret place. Your eyes saw my unformed body and all the days of my life were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”
It is through Him alone that we are living, breathing, spiritual beings. He took such great care in fashioning every single little part of us on the inside and the outside. And guess what? This is the really important part. GOD DOESN’T MAKE MISTAKES!!! God doesn’t overlook details! God doesn’t do accidents! How you are at this very moment is how He wants you to be.
The Lord blessed us each with a mind, body and soul perfectly fit to fulfill His unique purpose for our lives. And instead of seeking out that purpose, we choose to worry about our dress size or what people might be saying about us behind our backs. When was the last time you actually thanked God for some aspect of your being? And when was the last time you complained about something having to do with the way you look? Do you see what I mean?!
“You are altogether beautiful; there is no flaw in you.”
Song of Solomon 4:7
We are so concerned with what the world tries to tell us about ourselves that we completely overlook the fact that Jesus Christ calls us flawless. (Confession: whenever I think of the word flawless I think of Beyonce. And I think this may be the one and only time Jesus and Beyonce are on the same page about something, so it’s a really good day.) He tells us that whatever it is about ourselves that we just can’t stand- that’s wasn’t a mistake. That’s not a flaw. Because our perfect God doesn’t do flaws and HE MADE YOU.
I would tell those girls to stop telling God that what He has made isn’t good enough. Because we were all blank pages once, and on us God wrote His story of love and grace and redemption. That looks different for everyone on the inside and the outside. What more could you possible ask for?!
What this twisted world tries to tell us about ourselves stands no ground in comparison to the inner worth and outer beauty that Jesus Christ Himself gave to us. That is the one and only truth.
“I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been born in God’s thought and then made by God is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing in all thinking.”