I did something vulnerable today and posted the full-body photo of myself above on Instagram. If I’m honest, I shy away from photos that show my frame. I am the heaviest weight I’ve ever been in my life but I’m on a journey of freedom. There was something liberating in posting this photo, something healing. I’m choosing love. I’m choosing freedom, and I’m choosing health.
I recently stumbled across a beautiful analogy by Glennon Doyle Melton in her article titled “Your Body is Not Your Masterpiece, Your Life Is.” It has a similar message as the article I wrote for the first issue of Darling Magazine titled “Your Personal Body Project” in which I share an excerpt here. In her article/blog post Glennon says:
Your body is not your masterpiece. It is the paintbrush you use to create your masterpiece each day.
Your body is not your masterpiece – your life is.
So often we go on comparing our paintbrushes to other people’s paintbrushes. We wish we had a different paintbrush. We miss the point and the point is our masterpiece – loving and serving others. As I’ve said before and as I’m trying to remember each day:
“Our body is not broken. It’s not a project that needs fixing – it’s a marvelously made vehicle for living.”
I believe health is of vital importance, I’m not overlooking that. We just can’t shame ourselves into a place of health and freedom. In closing, I want to share this verse which continually inspires me on my HEAL Journey to create a beautiful masterpiece that glorifies God:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1
How are you doing on your journey? Please feel free to share.