I was on Facebook the other day, and whenever someone starts a sentence with that, you might want to stick around for the long haul, because it’s a doozy. Like I mentioned, I was on Facebook the other day going through my newsfeed, and then there was this long rant from a friend I went to school with years ago, so I thought I’d read it to see what her concerns were.
At first it was okay, she was accepting that her body was made in His image, but then it took a turn! She said “Bones and size 0’s are disgusting.”
As a girl who is a size 0 myself and recently wrote about something very personal like my weight issue, her statement kind of hurt because my weight is still a sensitive subject and a work in progress.
I never commented and I let it go, but I haven’t been able to shake it, because there is something I’ve learned within the past few months. My size doesn’t determine the size of my heart or the condition my walk with Christ is in! I want to focus on the size of my heart, not the size of my jeans. I want to focus on the way my heart looks to the Lord, not my weight.
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”” 1 Samuel 16:7
Though this verse may be used every single day, it still has a great importance. With the thought of knowing that the Lord looks at my heart and not my appearance, it makes me focus and examine my heart closely. I don’t have time to worry about my weight, for He would rather me focus on Him, my walk with Him, and the size of my heart.
Is my heart full of love? Is my heart focused on godly things? Is my heart where it should be? Are there things I need Him to convict me of? These are the things that are more important than our appearance. Society is so focused on weight, bodies, and our looks and you can tell through so many things such as the music industry, magazines, and movies.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
I know that I was created in His image, so I don’t need society to tell me what needs to be altered or changed. He made me a female, He made me 5’2, He made me small, and though I don’t understand my weight at times, I’m not going to question Him, so as I go along and the months pass, I find myself caring less and less about what our society thinks is beauty and what isn’t beauty, and though I still find myself in moments were I am hurt when I think of my weight, He always brings me back to reality.
My “bones” do not determine anything. They don’t determine how strong my walk with Christ is, they don’t determine the condition that my heart is in, and they do not determine the size of my heart or my love for the Lord or for others, and I think that’s the most important. I would rather love Him and others unendingly and be small than have a “body to die” for and be hateful. Our looks will fade, so why are we going to put so much work into them, when the way we love the Lord and treat people is what He and others will remember us by? Therefore, look past the outward and look at the inward, for that is where you will find the true beauty of a person.