Recently I had the thrill of dressing up like a superhero (I love my job). Donning a cape and mask, I felt pretty hard-core. As women we typically don’t parade around in full body spandex and capes (and no judgment here if you do). However, I still like to think we’re superheroes or warriors of sorts. We’ve been called to make our mark on this world for God’s glory. To answer His call on our lives. Let’s face it – it takes a superhero to be part of His army.
As warriors, the one thing we need is confidence. That’s how we’re able to move forward, make the tough decisions, and step out in faith. This is where so many Christian women are stalled – they don’t feel good about themselves. And I’d like to point out one major confidence shaker lurking in your bathroom corner . . . your scale. This miniscule machine holds a power over so many women who allow the reading to predict what kind of day they’re going to have. A ‘good’ number on the scale = a good day. You feel validated and ready to conquer what comes your way. A ‘bad’ number = a bad day. You feel defeated and ready to crawl back into bed.
Is this ridiculous to anyone but me? When did a number begin to dictate how you live your life, your experience of the world around you, your value as a person? Isn’t that supposed to come from Christ?
From a health perspective, weight isn’t even that accurate a measure of fitness. Countless factors are involved: body fat percentage, muscle mass, and your body type to name a few. Two women who are the same weight may have bodies that look completely different. Your best bet is to use a measuring tape to track your progress. Or go by how your clothes fit – you’ll know exactly where you’re at by how that favorite pairs of jeans looks and feels on your body.
Don’t misunderstand the point here -the scale itself isn’t a bad thing. But when it’s messing with your identity in Him, it IS a bad thing. Because it gets in the way of you being the warrior God has called you to be. He can’t work through you when your self-worth is crumbling over a one pound increase. It’s great to have health goals. But make sure health is the goal . . . not a number.
Now go put on your real or imaginary cape and kick that pesky thing to the curb as you go see what He has for you today.
From Romans 8 (The Message)
Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing.