Who Do You See?
I read a book several years ago that talked about having a picture image of who it was you wanted to see when you looked in the mirror to keep your goals on track.
I’m not talking vanity. Although, sometimes it can be an important motivator as you seek to be healthy for Him.
I know many of us have those moments now and again… we see a picture of ourselves, and we do not recognize that person. At. All.
It’s as if someone has stolen our body, and replaced it with someone else… only the face (may or may not) look the same.
I would review and review in my mind … the image of who I saw – was NOT who I was. I would keep up the fight for my health… and stay on track.
Society would tell me I shouldn’t look like I did when I was in my early 20s… after all now I was “a mom”. I needed to be rounder, fuller… I need not focus on being fit, and healthy and strong.
You know what? They were partially right. I shouldn’t look like I did in my early 20s, I should look BETTER, and healthier and stronger… because I know BETTER.
How did things get so far off track?
More importantly, how could I get them headed in the right direction?
You know, I always talk about how I felt – because I truly related how I felt, while being overweight… to how I looked. I remember at one point thinking – “THIS” is all my kids know me as… They don’t even know “ME”…
I wanted to give them more, not just of me, but for THEIR future – I wanted them to know that healthy WAS important. My health is important, and so is theirs!
For me, I wanted to look in the mirror and see the person I knew was underneath all of those unhealthy food and portion control choices. I knew there was muscle that God designed me with just screaming to come out and be seen. I knew there was more comfort in Him and His word, than in food… and I wanted to show them what that looks and feels like.
I kept this image in my mind of how I felt when I was engaged. It was the prime of my life. I felt full, and happy, and I worked hard to be fit for our wedding and honeymoon. I loved how almost everything fit me. I enjoyed getting dressed, vs. dreading it. Yes… THAT is how I wanted to feel again. I wanted to feel that “love” for health again.
I no longer look at images and cringe about not looking like “myself.” Sure, I look older… and I could pick apart things, as we all do. But ultimately I see an image of health. I see someone who is striving to please the Lord and feel good each and every day… and THAT feels great. I didn’t like trying to hide myself in the pictures, or hide parts of my body… and that didn’t send a good image to my kids either.
Praise God today for the body He gave you! Praise Him for each day we have the opportunity to make better choices that bring Him glory. Thank Him also for the AMAZING foods He has provided to us – with all of the colors and varieties beyond our imaginations!
“So I ask you not lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory. For this reason I bow my knees before my Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He many grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with the fullness of God.”