On Body Image

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Day’s Verse:

“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.”

Ps. 139:14 (NASB)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;”

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

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I would like to address some comments to the question of self-image and body weight because I have noticed that as my friends and I grow up, we concern ourselves increasingly frequently with how our bodies look. This would be fine if we could think of ourselves as we truly are – beautiful creations of a loving God. But many of my friends lately have begun complaining more about their bodies, pointing out that they have fat around their stomachs, or their pants size has increased, and they all eat less and less. Not the guys; guy seem to have been spared this agony. My female college friends, though: they offer to pay for my meals because they eat once a day, so they have extras to share. When I eat with them, I feel like I’m the one gorging myself while they pick at their minute portions and exclaim over how agonizingly full they are when three bites of food have entered their mouths. Lots of people have also bought into the miracle of the Atkin’s diet: eat protein and fat, don’t exercise, and lose weight! It’s a miracle of American thinking, where we don’t do any work but still get great results all the same… but who’s to say Americans are right about that? Continue Reading >>