In my struggle with weight loss, I get frustrated with myself. In my last blog, I talked about discipline, which was more of an encouragement to myself, than anything else. I have a hard time with this concept, because, like most of us, vanity isn’t a great motivator.
I’ve noticed that it is very easy to fall into the traps of the world’s view as it relates to beauty, attractiveness, and sex appeal. The fact that you are reading this, right now, says that you pay attention to the media. If you pay attention to the media, you do so with your dollars, because the media is driven on the sales of advertised goods. Advertisers will have us to believe that sex sells, and we prove them right every time. This produces a downward spiraling cycle of depravity, in which our media controls what we consider to be “good”.
(Now that I’m off my “media soapbox”, back to the point at hand …)
As believers, we can’t allow the world’s systems to determine what is beautiful for us; nor should we look to those same systems to validate our attractiveness. We are NOT called to mimic the world and its standards, but instead to set the trends in modesty and raise the standards.
I was asked by a friend if I was losing more weight, to which I responded, “Yes.”
“You gonna try and get you a six pack,” they asked.
“No. I don’t have any reason to take off my shirt in public.”
They laughed and said, ” You’re right, but you could preach in muscle shirts,” (#EddieLong).
The unspoken truth is this, if you are working out so that you can look a certain way, or so that others will notice your body, you are on a slippery slope my friend. Trying to be (what the world calls) sexy should never be our motivation for losing weight or getting in shape. Being healthier and potentially living longer and more fulfilling lives are better reasons. We don’t become beautiful by hitting the gym; we become beautiful by hitting our knees and surrendering our hearts to God’s will.
“Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.” 1 Timothy 4:8 (The Message Bible)
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