While I am not slim by any means, I do try to take care of myself. I watch what I eat and exercise at least 4-5 times a week. My girls have joined me in this quest to be in the best shape we can be, and so the three of us- along with one of the girls’ friends- went to run/walk at a local track.
I was so proud of the girls! They kept on going, even when they got tired. They commented that they stopped before they had wanted to. But you showed up-I told them in my best “Jillian Michaels” voice… I’m proud of you!
As I ran, I passed by two elderly ladies. They seemed quite surprised that a girl of my size was running, and I could tell that each time I passed them they made comments about me. I know I don’t look like an athlete or anything, but I am healthy. The last lap I heard them say “That girl in front of us- that girl with those big wide hips…”
Fortunately, that was all I heard before I was out of ear shot of their comment. Usually, that’s all it takes to get me in a bad mood… to discourage me from working out in front of other people. Honestly, I didn’t know how they finished that sentence, but I had a feeling it was not positive. But 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ! As I kept running, He told me to finish it…
And so as I jogged along, He brought to mind all of the things that I’ve accomplished, and all I have to be thankful for…
this girl with those big, wide hips-
-is BLESSED to be ALIVE and have breath in her lungs and legs to RUN with
-has given birth to two awesome, amazing girls
-lost over 100 lbs before I had my children
-loves her curves… because that’s the way He made me
-is trying to set a good example for her girls by taking the best care of her body that she can
-got a college degree and worked multiple jobs to pay for it (and I’m STILL paying those loans!!)
-knows where to find her SELF-WORTH…. in CHRIST ALONE!
-has a stronger walk with the Lord than ever before
You- yes, YOU, are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Don’t let anyone else try to finish your sentence. Give God that pen and let Him write it for you. By His grace, He will turn it into something beautiful.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end- Ecclesiastes 3:11