Why do clothing manufactures pick swimsuits to skew the sizes on us? Why can’t it be something like socks-or bras-that you have to buy 3 X’s your size to get a good fit?
But the bigger question is, why do I let that 5 minute time span in that 2X2 room of mirrors still affect how I feel about myself when I know my true worth has nothing to do with clothing sizes or mirrors or smiling store employees who take those rejected suits (that are my actual size #) and ask with a slight tone of pity “these didn’t work out for you hun? Oh, I’m sorrrryyyyyyy”. blah blah blah
Recently I wound up buying a swim suit 3 X’s my regular size. 3 X’s!! That will mess with you! It’s whatever.
And what do we need to do about it? What can we do about it”
The why is simple.
We live in a performance based, sight-driven society.
A preacher who gets ready for Sunday morning services at his church can’t even stay 100% focused on teaching God’s Word and loving on people. In preparation for his time on that platform, he has to make some decisions, and no matter what he chooses, someone will judge.
Tie or no tie. Jacket or no jacket. Ripped jeans or slacks. Keds or loafers. Clean shaven or scruffy. Stand or stool. Dimmed lights or bright.
When in fact it’s the heart…the Pastor’s heart and the congregation’s heart, are all that matters. All.
We all know what a visual society we are living in. We all know (as believers) that we should be living for an audience of 1 and He does not care what size the tag on my swimsuit states.
So, let’s get to the good stuff.
When we are in that booth with fluorescent lighting, standing all alone, mirrors on all sides, our senses seem to heighten. In the booth to the right of us, we hear a mom saying “wouldn’t you like to see if they carry a longer version of this skirt?” to her eye rolling teenager. To the left, we hear 2 friends giggling because they’ve just found the perfect dresses to wear to an upcoming party. Let’s take a breath (3 or 4 if necessary) and remember who we are…and it has nothing to do with what size a total stranger thinks we need to be in. The size is just a number, it’s not tied to our worth.
As a believer, the spirit of truth lives in you.
I love one of the definitions in Merriam-Webster for TRUTH.
Truth just is. It’s like when God said “I am that I am” Ex. 3:14
Truth cannot be argued. Well it can. But, that won’t change anything.
” the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
John 14:17 NIV
The Lord does not look at the things people look at…
“7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
I Samuel 16:7
Now, we only get one body and one life to take care of it all. Scripture tells us to do everything as if we were only doing it for the Lord and I think that applies to caring for our temples. Eat right…exercise…yes. I’ve always said that we never know what God may require of us some day and we need to be prepared. If we had to jump in a raging river to save someone’s life could we do it? If He asked us to spend a Summer in a dry dusty country to tell others about Jesus, could we do it in the body we have now? Let’s be ready.
” you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
I Corinthians 6:20
His truth is what we should be focused on. This is good news! The BEST news!
This is where freedom lies.
When we’re having a bad hair day, our panty lines are showing or we’ve discovered the spinach that’s been between our teeth since lunch. When we look in the mirror and our eyes go straight to the spare tire developing around our waist or those acne scars that we can do nothing about. God whispers…
“ You are altogether beautiful, my darling;
there is no flaw in you.”
Song of Solomon 14:7 NIV
At 46, the Lord had to remind me of this TRUTH in the dressing room. As my thoughts began to run away to focusing on my physical flaws or the glares I might get if I wore this or that to the pool or the beach, He brought His words to my mind. Now, I had memorized them years earlier. THIS. IS. KEY. Scripture memorization isn’t just for our small children in their cute Bible classes. We HAVE to plant it into our own minds because we NEVER KNOW WHEN WE WILL NEED TO SHOUT IT OUT!
“During our moments of fear and panic, God is whispering promises to us.”
When we remind ourselves of these truths about who we are and whose we are and what He thinks of us, arguing becomes a waste of time and energy. We can’t argue with the fact that God is only interested in our heart. We can’t argue with a pine tree until it turns into an oak tree. It’s just pointless.
His truth wins every time.
If the spirit of Christ lives in us, we are His, and as some of us were taught from a very young age, God don’t make no junk. Let’s not argue with our maker that He made something ugly or flawed or inferior. He takes offense.
Let’s not let what other people (clothing manufacturers, billboard designers, commercial makers, sit-com writers, soccer moms, dressing room attendants, ______) beat us up.
Let’s not beat ourselves up with our own thoughts either.
Let’s deposit these truths into our hearts and minds (scripture memory) and stop arguing with God. It’s a struggle I know (as usual, I’m writing from the heart, exposing my own issues). In reality, it may even be an ongoing process before we realize that the best “looking” people out there are the ones with an inner confidence that no one can touch, and this confidence that has been placed into believers, this truth, is the ultimate source of confidence.
This confidence is not man-made or self-made, it’s directly from God.
Let’s keep our chin up and encourage and build up that which God hand crafted…that would be YOU and ME!!
If you are looking for this kind of truth to be planted into you and this confidence that no one else can touch…reach out to me or another Christian in your life. Ask them how to tap into this. Don’t brush it aside. It’s the only place where true freedom can be found, His name is Jesus!
Praying for you,