“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10
I’ve been having way too many “if only my body looked like…” moments these past few weeks. It’s only March but my goals of being #SummertimeFine are looking harder and harder to attain and I’ve been really grumpy about it. And yesterday, after I missed ANOTHER yoga class, I was feeling pretty disappointed.
I know that chasing my fitness goals doesn’t mean I have to bully Present Day Whitney into feeling like crap, but some days I slip into negative self-talk without a second thought. This week I’m spending time reminding myself that my body wasn’t designed with the purpose of looking good in a bikini or flawlessly flowing through yoga class.
My body is a gift, but it’s neither my redeeming nor damning feature—no matter what state it’s in! This week I’m praying that I get better at viewing my body with admiration at EVERY stage I’m in.
God, at times, my flaws and apparent shortcoming scream so loudly at me that I lose sight of every way that I am like You. When I am not careful, I struggle to balance my ambition with my hunger for perfection and so often find myself feeling like a failure. Help me to center my thoughts, actions, and affirmations in love.
Lord, I pray that Your written examples of love guide me in loving myself. Help me to root my love for myself in the standards that are aligned to what You value in me. For I know that, without confidence, I will lose out on the opportunities you have decided are for me.
I ask this prayer in Jesus’ name.