I watch my friend’s teenage daughter sometimes when she is over visiting. She babysits for our kids now and then; she grew up with them. I knew her since she was so very small. Now she is much older, a high school girl, and one that is not walking with nor knows of the Lord. I see such a difference between her and the many of the teenage girls I know at our church.
I wonder how many other teenage girls are just like her. Striving to be what the world calls them to be. Working hard to fit in, to look like, those girls on the cover of the fashion magazines they read. They do not know or understand hat He created them for a greater purpose He made them in His image. An image greater than any we will find on the television or in the movies. What is scarier yetare the adults – the mothers, the older women – who have also fallen into this trap.
Too may of us think because we do not have the lastest fashion; we are not thin enough or our hair is not done “like her..” we just are not good enough. Have we considered that perhaps those people, in and out of the church, just spend too much time worrying about themselves? Have we considered and prayed for their insecurities and feelings of inadequacy that cause them to desperately “show off” their best self for everyone to see?
DO we trust Him; put our faith in His ability to care and provide for our needs? To protect and keep us in good health?
Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Matthew 6:25, 27).
We must remember to be thankful for all that we have; we need to remember to focus on those things He has for us rather than desiring all that He has blessed others with. To each of us He has a special plan; for every one of us, we were created to bring glory to Him. In a way only He truly knows and understands.
Paul exhorted: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Let us honor Him with our bodies, as a whole, not just with our mouth. Let us turn even those things that we feel are flaws, into ways to rejoice in His creation. Let us teach our children how amazing their bodies are that they may keep them in His ways and not the ways of the world,