BEAUTY IS IN THE CHARACTER
Andre Agassi, one of the famous tennis players in the 1990s, says, "Image is everything" when promoting Canon Rebel Cameras. When people think of a body image, they think about an ideal type of body. Fashion and models give people ideas on how people should look like. In their fashion shows, women and men are thin. However, in bodybuilding shows, men and women are big and muscular. But in regular homes, people are round and overweight, which is kind of funny. As a result, people would do anything to have a skinny or muscular body. Their body image determines who they are. As a result, when they are not getting the body image they want, they look down on themselves and have low self-esteem. Others would eat very minimal to the point of illness to stay thin, and others would work out excessively until the point of damaging their muscles to be muscular. People are becoming restless because of body image.
As believers, our importance as a person does not depend on our body image, but our importance is who we are in Christ Jesus. In 1 Peter 1:24 says, "For all people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever." Physical beauty is like flowers. Whey they are blooming, they are attractive, but when they are fading, they are no longer attractive. The look of our body changes as we old. However, our godly character will never grow old, but it will continue to shine through the next generation.
Staying healthy should be our priority. God wants us to take care of our bodies because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We should eat healthy, exercise, and stay fit. However, we need to remember that our character is more important than our body image. As children of God, people should be attracted to us through our kindness and humility. So if we are round and overweight, we should not look down on ourselves, but be thankful for the life that God has given us. But we also need to take care of our bodies so that we can stay fit and do the things that God calls us to do. Always remember: in a relationship, godly characters, such as kindness, humility, and love for the Lord, are more beautiful and important than body image.
Ask yourself these questions: How does body image affects the way I see myself? Do I attract people with my body image? Or do I attract them with my godly characters? Or Both?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for the life that you have given me. Please help me to pursue godliness and not the fleeting beauty of body image. I know that my importance as a person is who I am in You. Please help me take care of my body to stay healthy and do the things you want me to do. Please help me now with (mention your prayer requests). In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.