How do you struggle with your diet?
How do you struggle with your body image?
How fully do you accept how God created you and live by His intentions for you?
Receive It. Our diet issues are usually about our body issues as well as actual diet. We want to look and feel good. When I was on the beach a couple years ago, I looked around and noticed a lot of overexposure. I prefer modesty. However, my modesty isn’t just about guarding my own body and reducing temptations for myself and others. Truth be told, I don’t have the confidence to walk around nearly naked even if I didn’t have a standard for modesty. But God created me, and I’m unique. My body image should be a reflection of God’s image of my body, the one He created just for me.
We need to accept the connection between body image and diet, which means we can’t become too consumed with either. The two have something important in common: what we put inside vastly impacts the result. With our body image, if we keep God’s perspective, we focus on the beauty of His image more than our discontent, distorted image. With our diet, what we feast upon directly affects our bodies. And our diets aren’t just physical. Consider your spiritual diet. When our spiritual diet is well-balanced, it nourishes every aspect of our lives. Our spiritual diet impacts our energy, attitude, faith, and perspective. If we feast on junk, we become malnourished. If we choose a balanced, nourishing spiritual diet, we’re prepared for God’s plans for the day. We have just what we need. God will always guide and provide. He provides everything we need for our daily bread, but He expects us to get involved and do some baking.
Live It. Eat some kind of bread or pastry today. You choose. Bake your own, pull something convenient from the pantry, or pick up a treat from a local bakery. As you enjoy your treat, consider how your choice in how much you decided to invest in your feast is similar to making similar choices in your spiritual diet and growth.