By Monica Schmelter – Lately, I’ve been on a journey to re-prioritize my life. My objective has been to make whatever is important to God important to me. Conversely, whatever is not pleasing to God – needs to go. As I set out on the journey I began to consider my self-talk. You know those conversations we have in our heads but perhaps never verbalize?
I began to see how self-loathing, critical thoughts, fears, and insecurities are not only negative for me but they are also displeasing to God. After all, we are made in His image. We are the apple of His eye. Every time we complain about the size of our thighs or nose we are criticizing His handiwork. He says we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. This means we’ve been handcrafted by the God of the whole universe.
Sure, we may want to lose a few pounds or start a new work out program. But we’re accepted and loved just the way we are. So is everybody else on planet earth. These concepts are more easily understood in our heads than our hearts, but it’s still worth the effort to re-frame our thinking.
It’s in our best interest and most pleasing to God when our thoughts line up with His Master plan. This world’s definition of beauty is not necessarily the same as God’s. After all, where does it say in God’s Word how much we should weigh or what size nose is best? How do we realign our thinking when we’ve been so conditioned to rank ourselves according to what this world has deemed as beautiful? Here are a few thoughts to help you make the transition:
Beauty is in the eyes of the Creator.
There is no wardrobe, makeover, or weight loss plan that can change you like the love of Christ.
True beauty radiates from our hearts.
As these thoughts become the foundation of our thinking our lives cannot help but reflect the change. Our priorities will follow our thinking. With God-set priorities, we will value ourselves and others. We will no longer be bound by negative thoughts, but we will have a God focused self-image that acknowledges our value as well as the dignity of honor of our fellow human beings.
My journey of re-prioritizing my life didn’t start with the idea of accepting the person God made me to be. I’m glad though that I started the journey. I’m glad that I’m learning to let go of this world’s definition of a woman’s beauty and value. There is so much life beyond self-loathing, stringent dieting and letting the scale rule your day. When God’s priorities become our priorities everything in life becomes more beautiful.
Monica Schmelter is a regular contributor to Southern Guide to Life. She is speaker, General Manger of WHTN of the Christian Television Network, host of CTV’s ‘Bridges,‘ and author of ‘Right Sizing Your Life,’ and ‘Does This Make Me Look Fat?’ To find out more visit MonicaSpeaks.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MonicaSchmelter. Visit her on Facebook at Facebook.com/MonicaSpeaksTV