It’s summer time, so you might be wondering: do I have a beach body? What about a bikini body? Is my body amazing enough to be flattered or shown or celebrated in broad daylight by myself or others?
You want a beach body? Place yourself squarely on the beach, and you shall have one.
How about a bikini body? Place a bikini on your body and. . . voila!
Men, are you worried about your body because you don’t have the build of an Avenger? Don’t worry. They look (and are) electronically and (might be) pharmaceutically manipulated. You, on the other hand, look great.
Women, are you worried, because you don’t see someone who looks like you on the cover of a magazine? Don’t worry. They’re not real. But you are. And you look great, too.
Some of you may be thinking something like: I’m ugly. I’m fat. I’m skinny.
I’m not ________________ enough.
Nonsense. You are perfectly _____________ enough. You’re rad. You’re awesome. You’re beautiful.
In the Psalms, David says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. I know that full well”. And the first chapter of Genesis, when talking about how we are made, says that we all look like God (1:26-27).
That means that no matter what it looks like, no matter what it is struggling with internally or externally, whether you can change the things you want to change about it or not, your body is a beautiful, wonderful, awesome thing. Take care of it, treat it well. Be nice to it. Definitely don’t be ashamed of it. In fact, strut down the street inviting others to bask in the glow of your fabulousness.
Because you only have one body. There is only one that looks like yours. And it’s great.