I just read this amazing piece by a very talented young woman. She is wise beyond her years and wrote something so beautiful, healing and inspirational I just had to share.
God In Our Bodies
By: Payton Blair
How well do you know yourself? How well do you know your friends? How well do you
know your own mothers? Most of us consider ourselves to be the person who knows ourselves
the best. We know our birthday, to our favorite color, to our struggles, to our deepest secrets. The
outside of us, and our appearance, is something we use to our advantage. We use our appearance
to hide what we want others to be unable to realize. As long as our faces express smiles,
laughter, and responsiveness there reads no problems. As long as we show up with our hair,
nails, and makeup done with a presentable outfit, our life remains desirable by others. Others
don’t know that there is more to the story. With that, though, our appearances can also be used to
our disadvantage. For many of us, our appearance is something we despise: something we want
to constantly change.
We spend most of our days thinking about how we look now versus how
we should look. We plot new diets and workout plans in hopes for a quick fix to our dreadful
facade. To us, the most important outer appearance for others to view is our bodies.
The number is more than we notice; the number of people and companions around us that are
suffering and closing in their focus on their bodies is more than we notice. This type of suffering
stems from so many sources: some that we can control and some that we cannot. We can rush to
find which of our peers are in the same mindset as we are and try to rescue them, or we can stop
and think about what it is we really need to do. The question you should start by asking yourself
isn’t how well do you know yourself, rather, you should be asking yourself how well do you
So, how well do you know God?
God is, in fact, the one who knows us better than anyone. With that, we don’t need to hide our
real selves from Him. We don’t need to put on a fake appearance to go before God. He accepts
us for every part of ourselves, including the parts we don’t show Him, and He is waiting for us to
show Him. God created you in His own likeness and in His own perfectness. He reassures us in 1
Corinthians 12:18 by telling us “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of
them, just as He wanted them to be”, and in 1 Corinthians 12:21, saying “The eye cannot say to
the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’” His words
are a guarantee that we are made to be exactly how we are now. We don’t need to obsess over
the image we see in the mirror because God is telling us that, that image is His perfect creation.
There are many ways we each destroy our bodies. This refers to our emotional and physical
beings. Although we each have our unique stories, we also have our own unique bodies God
created for us. Instead of accepting our individuality, we are damaging our bodies as well as
tarnishing our own distinctiveness. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy
Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;” 1 Corinthians
6:19 He explains to us that we are not alone in our bodies because he is living in them with us. Yet, if we read into that fully, we can read that God is living within us; His home is in our
bodies. Who are we to destroy the Lord’s home? Instead, we should cherish, build, and do
whatever we can to protect that home. If we don’t love our bodies, how can we claim that we
love our savior? He tells us throughout the Bible that He is dwelling within us. As Christians, we
welcome him to do so.
Although we don’t have to clean ourselves up for God because God wants us to come as we
are, He doesn’t want us to do the opposite either. He tells us, “If one part suffers, every part
suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it” 1 Corinthians 12:26. This is
meaning that every single part of our bodies goes together and is important in its entirety. He is
there to rescue us, pick us up, and help us clean our home with us. He knows loving yourself
isn’t something you can demand, but He hopes the realization of His occupancy in you and His
hope for your healing is motivation enough to find acceptance.