Jesus Time

on stress eating an entire box of mac and cheese [letters to myself pt. I]

 

Dear _____,

Take a second to stop and think. You are so concerned, so consumed, with yourself. You are so focused on the opinions and expectations of others. You are so wrapped up in becoming what you think you should be.

How about let’s focus on being content with what you are right now [yes, right at this very moment, even though you ate like ten Oreos last night]. Let’s focus on how you can be a light to those around you. Let’s fix our eyes on Christ and see where He leads us.

Your worth does not lie in the number of calories you consumed today. Your value is not found in how fast you can run a mile or whether you skipped your ab workout. The way you view yourself should not be dependent upon the flatness of your stomach or the definition of your arms.

Your worth is inherent and it is immeasurable. It was given to you by God which means no one can take it from you or make it any less. Not even you can change your worth. So why do you stand in front of the mirror and talk to yourself like the Creator of the World hasn’t already told you that you’re fearfully and wonderfully made?

Your purpose in life isn’t to look a certain way or to be able to run a certain distance. Your purpose in life is to share the love of Christ and you can’t do that if you are constantly so wrapped up in yourself.

The acceptance of God surrounds you and covers you even when you stress-eat an entire box of mac and cheese. It’s time for you to accept yourself. Jesus died on the cross so that you could have freedom, not so that you could weigh yourself down with insecurities.

Here is a fact: you will never be perfect. You will never satisfy the standards of the world or meet every single expectation that anyone has ever had of you. The one whose opinion matters, the one who deserves for you to try and please Him, He is not looking at your outward appearance. He is looking at your heart.

Next time you find yourself wondering if you’ve done enough cardio for the day, maybe you should ask yourself if you’ve spent enough time in prayer for the day [simple answer: you can always spend more time in prayer]. Next time you are judging and critiquing yourself, maybe you should open your Bible and see what God has to say about you because that is the truth.

You have worked so hard. You are enough. You are loved. You are not expected to be perfect. You are strong. You are free. Be nothing but grateful.

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