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Luke 12:29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.
What is the first thing we do when we go on a diet?
We worry about we will eat!
We fear getting it wrong.
Messing it up.
Falling off track.
Luke 12:29 is easy to interpret as God taking care of our needs for survival. That He will provide us what we need to live, such as food.
There is another side to this verse!
The survival is in the context of fitting into the cultural standards of today via what we eat or drink. God tells us not to worry about it. That He has our backs.
WHY does He have our backs in this area?
Because…He knows how self-serving putting our focus on our physical bodies is and the amount of pride what we feed ourselves can lead to. (Ever felt superior over your friend on that lunch date for ordering the salad instead of the pasta? Ever felt crummy in front of your friend for ordering the pasta when she went with the salad?)
All the energy we put into trying to change our bodies and fit into a worldly “mold” strangles us to the point where we breath in more self-doubt than we do the living Spirit of Jesus.
Diet culture (the world) demands we put ALL our focus on what we EAT or DRINK. Casting fear and anxiety upon us if we should stray from that focus with the threat of rejection and failure in our lives.
It is believing that we must conform to a standard of beauty (the thin ideal) to possess value, success, love and freedom.
That we must feed off these values if we are to stay alive….to survive!
All of these messages are not from our loving God.
They do not speak peace and joy.
They do not mirror Christ’s image in any sort of way.
What they do do is entangle us. They trap us into the net of self-doubt and worry.
It’s a hard place to find peace with the Lord (and thus, yourself) when you are in constant struggle to catch your balance in an uneven and wavering net of beauty standards.
God’s word is eternal. Meaning, it holds a place of value from the past to the present to the future.
It is no surprise to God that diet culture exists.
He knows and has always known how our bodies, as women, would be used as a form of oppression against us.
The value that is placed on a woman’s beauty and how it must manifest the current ideal of the culture puts exorbitant amounts of stress on us.
It doesn’t have to!
We get to decide where we want to put our focus.
By deciding to focus on our body, what we eat, what we drink, we are choosing to takes our eyes off of God. Off of what He desires for our bodies.
God requires us to stay with our eyes focused on Him because He knows that we worship whatever our eyes are focused on.
Ask yourself, where are your eyes today?
On achieving thinness in the blind belief that it will bring you peace in your life and joy with yourself OR on a loving God who has chosen you for who you are, who shows you fresh grace and mercy every day, who has a plan for your life that is only to prosper you and not to harm you….despite what size jeans you are in today?
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