While on a recent visit to our local ice cream shop, I said something cringe-worthy. My grandson and I waited in line and when we finally reached the counter, I turned to him and blurted out, “I’m not having ice cream today so I can get thin enough to have ice cream.” As soon as the words left my mouth and fell on his ears, I wanted to reel them back in. But it was too late. Epic fail.
Self-condemnation doesn’t exactly qualify as a teachable moment.
It’s true I skipped the ice cream and normally would gladly accept a high five for my self-deprivation, but I can’t. You see, I wasn’t in the mood for ice cream anyway. So no brownie points for this girl’s self-control when no control of self was necessary.
To top that off, the woman in line in front of me had my legs. Well, not my legs, but the legs I wished I had. No cellulite. Smooth and tanned. Don’t judge, I know I’m not the only one who notices these things.
We do that, don’t we? We allow ourselves to feel less than when we see women we believe are prettier, thinner, better put-together than us. You know, the ones whose hair looks as though they just stepped out of a salon. I live in Florida and in ninety-degree weather, that’s hard to pull off.
You know what, friend? We need to stop beating ourselves up about our weight or whatever our imperfection obsession is, and start loving the body God created especially for us.We are one-of-a-kind; the only make and model of us on the planet.
In January I began an adult ballet class and I love it. It’s great exercise and good for the body, mind, and soul.
We can’t love our neighbors as ourselves if we don’t know how to love ourselves. When we focus on feeling imperfect on the outside, we lose focus of how far God has brought us on the inside.
Besides, I have a feeling our outside isn’t as bad as we think.
We have a purpose and we have a calling and we can’t walk in any of it if we can’t see beyond the mirror. We’re all on this journey together and seeing beyond ourselves is a wonderful way to travel.
No matter what we’re struggling with, God is bigger. I need to remember that the next time I complain about my thighs.
We can’t do it alone and here’s the good news: we don’t have to. When we feel defeated by our imperfection obsessions, Jesus can help us overcome those feelings of defeat. When the enemy tries to sell us an arsenal of lies, let’s tell him we’re not buying it. I know that’s easier said, but there’s nothing sweeter than trusting God in our darkest moments. We truly can surrender all the pieces of our life to the One who knows what the puzzle is supposed to look like.
Let’s look at ourselves the way God sees us and say goodbye to our struggle with imperfection.
God sees us through the sacrifice of Christ, and that is more perfect than anything we could ever hope for.
For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. (Hebrews 10:14)
Be blessed by this truth today. Thank you, Jesus, for your sacrifice. We love you better than ice cream . . . and ice cream is very good.
What imperfection obsession can you surrender to God today?