I have a secret. Actually, it may not be much of a secret if you know me well. For the majority of you though, who only know me by my words and profile picture, it is a secret. Here's the secret: I'm still wearing my maternity clothes. There. I said it. And you know what else? I just purchased another pair of maternity shorts a few days ago. I figured if it's going to be awhile before I'm back into my regular clothes, I might as well look and feel good in the process.
It may not seem like a big deal to you, but it is for me. After my other two pregnancies, I eagerly awaited the day for when I'd fit into my regular clothes again. Every week I'd attempt to squeeze back into my shorts or pants, which usually ended in a lot of frustration. (Yes, a little ridiculous and unrealistic, I know now.)
After having my third baby though, God is gradually changing my perspective.
The truth I'm learning is: I'm not defined by numbers on a scale.
Can I tell you how hard it is to believe it? It is SO hard!
Often I think beauty is a huge part of my identity, and some days I allow those numbers to sum up the entirety of my beauty. (Thanks to the culture we live in.) But I am more than numbers on a scale, and so are you.
And if we ever wonder if we're beautiful, guess what?
We are beautiful. God transformed us in Christ. We are loved by a perfect God, and his love is all we need. There should never be a need to strive for acceptance or love because we have it all. If we find ourselves striving to achieve a certain number on a scale to gain acceptance, then we need to rethink our ambitions. Because striving, despite knowing God's truth, is as if we are telling God, "Your love is not enough."
So those numbers on the scale? They are just numbers. If we want to know who we truly are, we should read God's word.
In our study this week, we will be learning about our identity in Christ. This study is part of a two part series. Next week we will be learning about when we should strive for healthy numbers on a scale. If you'd like to join along in this week's study, please click here to download the reading guide. Let's begin by reading Monday's verse.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. ”
1 Peter 2:9
As you read this verse, consider the following questions:
Who are you?
What is your purpose?
How will you “declare the praises” of God today?
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