By Monica Schmelter – Does This Make Me Look Fat?
It’s a question most women have asked at some point in time. In fact, it makes me smile nervously right now just to think about the question.
Oh, the angst of catching our reflection in the mirror as we turn the corner after a day of shopping. Whether it’s the un-tucked blouse, or few extra pounds around the hip line we all know what it’s like to feel like we just don’t measure up.
It’s not a good feeling and even the most sincere compliments can’t close the self-image gap. When our self-image is built on the world’s system we all fall short. The key to a positive self-image is understanding our true value in Christ.
Our true value is not measured by a scale or the size of our jeans. Our true value is directly to what God’s Word says about us. Here are a couple of scriptures that explain more fully:
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9 NIV)
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139:13)
Scripture is clear that we are chosen and God’s special possession. Scripture also says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. When we base our image on these scriptures rather than the size of our jeans or the number on the scale we are on our way to a truly positive self-image where we live our lives with our value and purpose in mind.
Switching from the world’s standard of measurement to God’s doesn’t happen in a day. It takes time. However, there are things you can do to assist in the transition:
- Pray for God to open your eyes to see yourself as He sees you.
- Develop friendships with people who affirm your value and image in Christ.
- Post Scriptures or carry Scripture cards that you can access easily when you’re tempted to have an “I’m so fat” or “I don’t measure up thought”.
A healthy positive self-image will impact every area of your life. It may take some time and work but it sure beats wondering every morning if your outfit makes you look fat!
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