I got rid of most of my clothes from just 2 or 3 years ago last year. I now have almost a completely new wardrobe. And I kind of feel wasteful doing that, but it was important. Why was it important? I got rid of them, because I was laying aside the weights of eating disorder that I had had for so long, the feelings that I HAD to be size ‘small’ to be healthy.
I love the new ‘me.’ I love the new perspective, the renewed mind the Holy Spirit has renewed in me about my body.
My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and I need to take care of it. That meant I need to be bigger than my former size.
That meant. Getting new clothes. Getting rid of smaller sizes and getting to bless other people with them.
And I have found some favorites this year.
My new sweatshirt from the Healing Waters/Nourish Move Love Fundraiser.
These aren’t new, but I’m so thankful for the Downeast red skirt my sisters gave me and this ‘Rudolph’ shirt they got me about a year and a half ago from Walmart.
Yay for Walmart!!!
I don’t know why this is, but our culture has made it almost a sign of ‘goodness’ to be a size ‘small’, but I want to encourage each one of us to turn and look at God’s creations. Look at the dogs around you. Look at the flowers around you. They’re all different sizes and colors. They are all different builds.
Why would we try to fit humans into a mold?
– Because humans try to always reduce things to something external. Yet the Lord looks at the heart, the heart behind the person who is seeking to be healthy.
Jeremiah 17:9-10, ‘The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?
10“I the LORD search the heart
and test the mind,b
to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.”’
The Lord KNOWS the heart, and diet culture doesn’t. They don’t know the heart of the taller person, the shorter person. It’s so easy for you or I to judge someone’s health by how they look on the outside, but I have to daily remember that the state of my heart before the Lord will lead to the right relationship with food and exercise and my body.
And only the Lord can look at my heart and change my heart about those things every day.
How do we get beyond the external and the sizes and get rid of the ‘size small is healthy?’
1. Get to know the people around you. Don’t judge their size. Get to know the things they love, the things they struggle with, the way you can pray for them and help bear their burden. Show the love of Jesus Christ to them that has been poured out on you by listening to their passions, the things that make them tick, and walking with them through joy and sorrow.
2. Don’t comment on people’s food choices. – Instead the Lord is teaching me to be grateful for all the foods, to appreciate the way other people like to eat and eat the way my body needs to eat.
3. Don’t talk about your exercise unless someone wants to talk about it. – I used to talk about my runs all the time; I had and still have a struggle with pride. This is a daily battle for me, but I am overcoming through Jesus Christ! I used to think I was ‘so much better’ than other people because I was the ‘disciplined person’ even though I was a prisoner to my exercise.
4. Buy clothes because of how they make me feel feminine and lovely, accenting the femininity God has given me. – I don’t buy clothes that are skin tight. I don’t do this because, to me, it makes my body more of an ‘object’ than accenting the femininity, the that God made me in my mother’s womb.
Ok, now I want you to tell me!
Have you had to get rid of old parts of your life like clothes, old places you used to go, old movies you used to watch, music, that was not helping you grow?