As you may have seen, I wrote some letters to girls who feel depressed or suicidal and shared them on my blog. I was on my blog’s Instagram page when I felt led to share it with some users by leaving a comment asking them to check the letters out. I searched for the tags ‘lonely’ and ‘depressed,’ because I figured that since that is my target audience for those letters, that would be the same place to start. Let’s just say that I was shocked at what came up.
I have heard on the news that pro-ana pages exist but I did not realise just how in your face those pages can be. They are easily accessible and are actually more popular than you would think. For those of you who don’t know pro-ana pages are pages that promote anorexia and self-hate. I then started thinking, what does God tell us about the topic of body image in the Bible. I was wondering if as children of God we should exercise or diet. It might seem as though I have gone off on a tangent because how can I go from talking about anorexia to talking about dieting and exercise? When you look at it closely, they aren’t very different.
What God showed me is that it all comes down to your intentions. We are told that our body is a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19). We are discouraged from decorating our temple (1 Peter 3:3). What God revealed to me with regards to exercise was that we should do it to stay healthy so that we will be able to serve Him. He doesn’t want us to be out of breath when we praise Him. He showed me that it is important to starve your flesh by fasting to strengthen your spirit but that we should not starve our flesh to achieve an ideal appearance. Dieting and anorexia are closely linked because when you get to the root of it, you are discontent with your body image. God showed me that there are many dangers when it comes to dieting, anorexia being one of them. He showed me that people who constantly diet and are constantly seeking to lose weight are treating their bodies as an idol and not as a temple. He told me that it all comes down to your intentions. God wants us to lead a healthy life but more than anything, He wants us to know Him. By knowing Him we will understand that He loves us regardless of our body image. It is the world that wants us to look a certain way. I guess you could consider this to be a follow up on my beauty post.
I just wanted to share what I have learnt with you. I will be writing a more in depth post on God’s standard of beauty vs. the worlds standard of beauty in a couple weeks. Thanks for reading and God bless x