If you are pro-life or have ever seen a pro-life poster, a very common phrase seen comes from the Bible. We love to tell people, love your baby, he's been made in the image of God. He is fearfully and wonderfully made. Everything that is being created in you today is a blessing. God loves you enough that He not only trusted you enough to make you a mom, but He has taken time and energy to create your baby in the image of the Creator...to intimately know and love your child before he was even born!
That is such a heady and strong message. It really portrays what a Christian believes about bringing children into this world!
However, some of us as young women, as teenagers, as young wives, as young mothers, and even some of us as grandmothers have forgotten this. It is so easy to remember that the babies we are bringing into this world are an image of God, but we forget one very important piece of information. WE TOO ARE CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE. Let me say that again, you, my dear friend, are created exactly the way God the Father intended you to be!
I heard a celebrity I love say that she vowed to never say anything bad about her body in front of her daughters, because she did not want them to grow up looking for the faults in their bodies. I think this is a great start, but it needs to be taken one step farther. What can we say we LOVE about our bodies?
Do you have to stand in front of a mirror and stare for a long time to find something you love? If you are like me, you may not have an answer about something you love about your body. I am working on doing more than tolerating what I look like. I take a lot of pride in my family, in my intellect, and in my relationships. But if you ask about my body and how I look...the first things I come up with are improvements!
Never once in the Bible have I read where God or Christ simply tolerate themselves. I've never read the passage where they are eager to point out the good in others, yet have constant complaints about themselves! God is PROUD of His creation. He said, "It is good!". When was the last time you looked in the mirror and thought, "This is good?". Normally I think, "This will do!".
I challenge you (and myself) to spent your days praising what God created fearfully and wonderfully. Find your value in Him, not a bathroom scale. Stop staring at the size of your blue jeans, but instead stare at the things He gave you and think, "You were right, God, this is good!".