Discovering God’s Perfect Design in You

At the gym, I often catch myself mirroring a scene from the movie Mean Girls. The main characters critically analyze every inch of their reflection, finding a myriad of flaws. I, too, thought there were only two categories: “fat” and “skinny”. But like them, I’ve identified countless “imperfections” in my own reflection, even though I appear slender.

As I scrutinize, a cascading list pours out: from wanting more toned arms to wishing for higher cheekbones. Is this relentless self-critique constructive? The answer is a resounding no. Jesus taught us not to obsess over our physical form (Matthew 6:25). Yet, I often get ensnared in this trap.

When I catch myself diving into this negative spiral, I’m pulled back by God’s profound truth. Psalms 139 beautifully states, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” I often wonder, if God designed us with such intricate care and love, shouldn’t we cherish every bit of ourselves? Then why do we get entangled in self-deprecation?

Perhaps it’s human nature. We crave control and order in our lives, and when things don’t go according to our plans, dissatisfaction creeps in. In my quest for the “ideal” physique, I’ve tried various regimens, seeking immediate results in a world where instant gratification reigns supreme. I’ve learned, however, that my best days are when I savor my workouts, not when I’m preoccupied with my supposed flaws.

Proverbs 3 advises us not to solely rely on our perceptions. It shares the divine wisdom that embracing God’s understanding will usher health into our lives. This is an assurance I treasure. God’s truth reminds us that He fashioned our bodies perfectly and continues to nurture our spirit. Embracing this realization can undoubtedly infuse our hearts with gratitude and serenity.

It’s time I detach from the distorted standards portrayed by the media and glossy magazines. While I ensure physical health through sleep, nutrition, and exercise, it’s imperative to shield my heart and mind from self-criticism. Yoga often emphasizes inhaling positivity and exhaling negativity, a practice reminiscent of Proverbs 14 which says, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”

My incessant comparisons and envy don’t just harm my mental well-being; they tarnish the very essence of who I am, potentially grieving the God who sculpted me with precision and love.

The next time I find myself dissecting my image at the gym, I’ll take a deep breath and revel in the knowledge of my divine creation, remembering how fearfully and wonderfully God has made each one of us.