Good Morning my friends,
Low self-esteem has never been an issue with me. Even back in 2004 when my weight peaked at 375lbs I didn’t ever lose my self-worth. I never let the numbers on the scale ever define as a person no matter how much our society try’s to say. I believe a person is defined by what’s in their heart not their outward appearance. I’ve met a lot of people that offer nothing besides their perfect outside appearance.
When I was in high school, I was a little over weight. Although I was a popular guy in school, I never garnished a lot of attention from the girls. I’m guessing it was my sweet disposition. Perhaps it was because I was a bit on the shy side. But I was never even told by anyone or even knew if a girl was even interested in me. I do know that my thinner buddies never had the same problem. I was the guy that received the phone call from the crying girl when their boyfriend treated them like crap or was a jerk. I would console but never once took advantage and tried to move-in. I never quite understood why the guys that treated girls the worse never had a problem getting or having a girlfriend. I think I might have went out on a date 2-3 times during my whole time at HHS and they were blind dates with girls from other schools.
After graduating from HHS, I lost 35-40lbs and things changed a little, I started getting noticed more. Of course it didn’t hurt that I had a job and was able to spend money on whatever I wanted but it still wasn’t like I had to carry around a big stick beating the girls away. I guess I was just too nice.
Now almost 30 years later, I can smile big. When I see my female classmates, I can look them in the eyes without any repercussion. I know that they aren’t remembering how poorly I treated them, or how I used them. I didn’t understand it then but I’m happy knowing now that my classmates felt a sense of safety around me. I was a safe place to fall without them having to worry about anything else.
“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.”(Hebrews 3:1)
People are defined by their actions, how they treat people, and how they make others feel not whether or not they have six pack abs, perfect hair, firm thighs and perfect boobs. All those latter things are superficial and will eventually fail you and then what. Do you want to be defined as a person that was more concerned about their outward appearance than whats in your heart. God confirms what He looks at in 1 Samuel 16:7 when he tells Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Perhaps if God’s people would spend as much time transforming their heart as they do their body this world would be a better place. The desire to lose weight and be fit is not a bad thing. It needs to be doe for the right reason. If should not be done to draw the attention of others but to serve God at your very best.
God wants you to experience the riches of your salvation: the Joy of being loved constantly and perfectly. We continually make it a practice of judging ourselves, comparing ourselves to others, based on how we look or behave or feel. When you like what you see in the mirror you feel a bit more worthy of God’s Love. When things are going smoothly and your performance seems adequate, you will find it easier to believe that you are His beloved child. When you feel discouraged, you tend to look inward so you can correct whatever is wrong. Instead of trying to “fix” yourself, fix your gaze on God, the Lover of your soul. Rather than using your energy to judge yourself, redirect it to praising Him. Remember that I see you clothed in His righteousness, radiant in His perfect Love.
“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” (Psalm 34:5)
MY CHALLENGE PRAYER FOR YOU…. I hope your desire to be fit is not for self-aggrandizement but for the glory of God.
I hope you have a SUPER day… Blessing & much love…D
Live your life like it’s your LAST 24!!!