“The Lord does not look at things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
When was the last time you felt really comfortable in your own body? When was the last time you looked in the mirror and felt great about what you saw? Do you love your thighs, your waist, your arms, and your nose? Or do you stand there wishing God made you different? Do you wish you were thinner, shapelier, and more beautiful?
Can you imagine not caring about this anymore? Can you imagine just leaving your house feeling confident, beautiful, and simply unconcerned with your appearance?
You wish. Instead, you’re just self-conscious all day long. You worry about what you’re eating and what you must look like to everyone else.
Once, when you were a little girl, you didn’t think about these things. You just felt free inside. Your body was there to get you to the swing faster. You body was something you used to do awesome things. Then, one day, you started to worry about your appearance because the media told you to.
You don’t have to anymore. God wants you to concern yourself with your heart—your personality, your character, and your incredible thoughts. And He wants you to care about those things in other people, too.
Do you think you could forget about what you look like for now? Do you think you could discipline your mind to worry about other things like loving people, learning wonderful things, experiencing sublime moments in nature, and blessing the world?
Your body is there to help you do things. Care for it well, and then stop thinking about it so much.
Talk to God about how often you’re thinking about your appearance. Ask Him for help in breaking your obsession with outward looks.