Swimsuits and Mudpies

These days, with summer on the horizon, society seems over run with exercise, fitness, get slim, get healthy, only eat this, don’t eat that etc.

mupiesThis obsession with health isn’t healthy; actually once anything reaches an obsessive point, it is no longer healthy.

I do believe it’s important to take care of our bodies, the temple Christ gave us.

However, He also designed us in His image; so its time to stop the micro (and mega) critiquing of ourselves.

One of the first lessons in the Bible is that we are created in His image and loved.

Genesis 1: 31 and 2:2-3 offer another very important lesson…

“Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!”

“On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.”

Taking time to rest and enjoy the beauty around is biblical. His goodness so evident if we stop and look, and that includes our bodies.

mudpies2And appreciating the beauty in the mundane daily activities, and our ordinary and spectacular bodies is equally important as getting figured out the 100 ways we could improve ourselves.

Gladys Burrill said it lovely, “ Just get out there and walk or run. I like walking because you can stop and smell the roses…”

Use your bodies, God created them for movement!

Just quit obsessing and comparing. Ignore the ads, ignore the so-called perfection, ignore the self appointed fitness or health experts in your life.

Use your body, be healthy and take care of your temple, but also rest and see His goodness. His design is perfect, there are no flaws, that includes you and me and perfection is exhausting and unattainable.

It’s far more important to be able to get down and make mud pies and laugh as you drink out of plastic walmart pools like the dogs with your children than to have no wiggle in your swimsuit.

And yes, I’m also reminding myself!

-J

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