Pressure to look a certain way comes at us from all directions. If you feel it and struggle, you may need a new perspective on your body image.

“Your body is not your masterpiece. It is the paintbrush you use to create your masterpiece each day.”- Glennon Doyle Mel

Most people have had negative self-talk about their body at some point. They get caught in an “I wish…” and “If only….” spiral about how their body looks compared to how they think it should be.

With the race for ‘perfection’ all around us, it’s hard to get a new perspective on your body image. Ideally you should work toward appreciating and loving your body in a healthy way. Instead inner voices tend to critique, discredit, and put down your body.

Part of the problem is that many people see how their body looks as the evidence of success and beauty. But as Glennon says above, our bodies aren’t what determines that. Our bodies are the paintbrush- not the whole picture.

Our bodies are the vessels to do the things God has called us to do. There is much more to us than our bodies. We use our bodies and live in them to create the masterpiece of our lives. We need to be good stewards of our bodies and have gratitude for all they do for us to be the ambassadors God calls us to be.

Here’s a new perspective on your body image that you can make:

The choices we make. The things we do. The relationships we invest in. The way we love others. How we honor and glorify God. That is our masterpiece. Not how our bodies look while we are doing it.

It’s time to stop all the focus on your worth being measured by your looks and how fit you are. Your worth is about WHO God created you to be, not how you look. We need to care for our bodies and love them for all they enable us to do, not beat up on them because they aren’t perfect.

So it’s time for a a new perspective on your body image and for you to go paint your masterpiece for the world to see the true beauty that you can create!