Bikini season is rearing. Let me tell you, I think about it every day; every meal I am constantly calculating what I can and can’t get away with. Yet, It wasn’t until health class that I realized I may have been struggling with the beginning stages of anorexia. Although, those of us who suffer from self-image problems hardly think about the Christian perspective on eating disorders. -But shouldn’t we?
We hear all the time that we are the temple of Christ, but what does that mean? Back in the day, God used to live in tabernacles and temples in order to be close to his people. You know, the people that He loved. Then, one day, the Holy Spirit overcame man, and each one of us became walking and breathing temples for the Lord to dwell in.
So, kind of like MTV’s Cribs, each of us has a body that we can pimp out for the Lord! But, when we do things like puke after meals or starve ourselves, we are hurting the Lord’s temple.
Some effects of anorexia and bulimia include: Organ failure, heart muscle starvation, seizures, and osteoporosis.
But don’t get me wrong, I understand that overcoming these things is not easy. Our society puts such a high importance on looking like Barbie that it’s hard not to think about it. However, the reality is that God already wanted to live every day with you before you even realized that you were “too fat”.
- “7…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
So, as bikini season comes, don’t put so much pressure on yourself to look like a Victoria’s Secret model, because God see’s the beauty in you, and that is all that will EVER matter. Please click here to read a journal posted by a woman who tells the real truth about the health risks of anorexia. There ARE healthier options for you to be able to feel good about yourself.
- “17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.”
Trust in the Lord firstly, and everything else will follow.
I have dimples. That is all you need to know. Just kidding. I am Jeli. In the past year I have undergone a lot of life-altering events in which my faith has really benefited. I have learned a lot about what I have done wrong and what I should do right. That is why I am here, on TAYA. I want to tell you guys about those things that I did wrong, and to brainstorm ideas with you all on how to do right. So venture with me, think with me, and pray with me. :) Let's do this thing!
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