The Body Beautiful

The Body Beautiful

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well (Psalm 139:14 KJV).

 

Body image is an American fanaticism that has spawned billions dollar industries to address human fears of imperfection. We pay top dollar to put curl into hair that is straight and to straighten hair that has curl. We lavish our bodies with manicures and pedicures while we shod our feet with five-inch heels. Our closets are stuffed, and our dresser drawers overflow.

 

Seems as though few folks are happy when they gaze upon their naked reflections. We want to impress by covering up our true selves or reinventing what we find less desirable about our bodies. We seek to redefine ourselves … everything from million-dollar smiles to sex changes.

Of all Creation, only humankind is obsessed with self-image.

  • A sloth does not pout because he is not a lion
  • A fly does not refuse to buzz his day away because he is not a spider
  • A guppy does not shake a fist at his creator because he is not a shark
  • A flamingo is not afraid to nap under its own wing
  • A crocodile suns contentedly in its leathery skin
  • A cow does not refuse to give its milk because the cow in the next stall won a blue ribbon and they did not

Some are so unhappy with the way they think they appear to others, they become spiritually stagnant. They complain to the Lord, “Why did you make me this way?” Some worry that they will be unable to serve God unless He dramatically changes how they function.

Joni Eareckson Tada became paralyzed in her youth and has spent the rest of her life in a wheelchair. She has accomplished more with profound disability than most achieve with no handicaps. Though she has authored many books and is a well-known international speaker as well as a champion for the disabled, she still has times of profound doubt … times when she struggles with self-esteem related to her physical limitations.

She writes “I shook my head and growled, ‘This body is a pain … I hate it.’” She went on to ask, “Why was this so awful? Because the enemy has a deep hatred of my flesh and blood and all I was doing was agreeing with him … your body, even underneath wrinkles or fat, and despite the ravages of illness or old age, is made in the image of God. Your heart, mind, hands and feet are stamped with the imprint of the Creator. Little wonder that the devil wants you to be ashamed of your body!”

We not only give Satan homage when we bad-mouth ourselves, we provide him with a doorway to limit our spiritual effectiveness. He has created us for a singular purpose, and he has shaped us to fulfill that purpose in all aspects: intellectually, spiritually, physically, and even socially. As we surrender our self-consciousness, he allows his purpose to shine.

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16 NIV).

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About Linda Wood Rondeau

Award-winning author Linda Wood Rondeau writes blended contemporary fiction that demonstrates, once surrendered to God, our worst past often becomes our best future. Retired from her long career in human services, she enjoys being able to play golf year around. Readers may visit her website and blog, called Snark and Sensibility.

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  1. Your last paragraph is a real eye-opener. I have never thought of that aspect of putting yourself down. Long past time for me to change my attitude.

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