Hey friends! I’m out of town enjoying a wonderfully relaxing honeymoon, so today’s post is a guest feature! I’ll have more to share in the coming weeks, but I want to introduce you to Anne Noel Lehman, the beauty behind the blog, Mindfulness in the Midwest! Today we’re talking all about body love for God’s glory, something that we all need to hone in on from time to time.
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Body Love for God’s Glory
Fitness has become an outlet for me; one where I can shake off the day, spend some much-needed time taking care of myself and loving a little on my body. Sometimes it can be hard, though, to keep my eyes centered on what truly matters: Jesus Christ.
It’s important to remember that your value is in Christ, not in your fitness or your body. Let me repeat that so it sinks in: your value is solely in Christ. (Can I get an amen?) The best part about this is that it frees me to not only pursue fitness with a new-found joy but it also takes the pressure off that time in the gym.
Ask yourself: what’s your end all? Is it putting your joy and satisfaction in Christ or in your body? The first time I asked myself this I was so convicted. I was striving to look and feel the best I possibly could, all the while Christ and my relationship with Him took the back burner. I needed to stop striving and rest in Him. Only then could I really be the best version of me. Only then when I know who I am and whose I am, then I will be able to function within freedom and be able to approach health and fitness in a way that’s glorifying to God. This frees up the need to strive and create bondage to certain goals.
If a lifestyle of health and fitness is going to be sustainable, it cannot be my identity or something I idolize by making it my standard instead of making God my standard and then functioning under Him. My worth is not what I’m going to look like at the end of some new detox or challenge, it is in Christ and being a good steward of my body. Being a good steward of my body translates into other areas of my life. I’m able to do things with excellence, which is what we’ve been commanded to do. Romans 12 talks about a transformation coming from the renewal of the mind and that doesn’t leave out the section of life regarding stewarding our bodies. We must renew our minds and focus on the Lord, becoming good stewards of our body too.
I think it’s important to note that there is something really powerful about caring and nurturing for our bodies because that means we’re being good stewards of the very thing that will allow us to carry out the roles and works that God has called us to do.
I know who I am in Christ. My value is not dictated at all by my failures, or the shape or size of my body. My value is in Christ. Knowing that, I can function in freedom and joyfully pursue health and fitness without bondage and I sure hope that you can too! This is true body love.
Anne Noel Lehman is the author of the blog, Mindfulness in the Midwest. She enjoys yoga, coffee, reading, and time spent with her cat. She blogs mindful recipes, mindful interviews, and mindful living. Find her blog here, and be sure to follow along on Instagram and Twitter!