Body Image

Women (in particular) seem to experience a strange phenomenom at this time of year, namely the bathing suit blues. Why can we not accept the fact that a new bathing suit in a new size is sometimes in order? Men don't seem to have the same problem with this issue. I've had my husband and my son both inform me, on different occasions, that their old suits no longer fit and they need a new one....end of subject. Why do women freak out about this? Why are there fourteen pages of women's bathing suits in the numerous catalogs that show up on my doorstep weekly, while the JC Penney ad has two pages of mens AND boys swim trunks, with room left for a sunglasses display? Don't get me wrong; I've fallen for this trap myself in previous years. After all, we've had some hot days recently, the kind where I absolutely wilt and can watch my ankles swell by late afternoon. I'm at the age where comfort far exceeds style; hence the joy of a tankini suit. I have learned which styles look best on my ever changing body and this narrows my search parameters immensely. Let's face it: when you get older, you find out who your friends are - gravity is not your friend.

We put so much importance on what we look like, when God is concerned with who we are inside. Do I really want to be thinking about what everybody else thinks of me based on how I look in a bathing suit? No, I want to live the life God has created me to live.

In her book, "I'm Dreaming of Some White Chocolate", Rhonda Rhea says it so well:

Ephesians 1:11-12 tells us..."It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we had heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone"(MSG). Making room for Christ in our lives, letting him fill every corner, is making room for purpose and hope. That's really living. How thrilling to know he has designs on us. He has a well-thought-out plan with each one of his children in mind. There truly is complete, joyous, full blessing in fulfilling his purpose for our lives.

Can you picture your heavenly Father with his eye on you, even before you were born? Can you picture him plucking you out, gently, saying, "This child of mine will make a beautiful addition to my kingdom"? You may not always feel beautiful in all the roles he has chosen for you, but each one was tailor-made for you.

The suit of purpose and hope is the one I want to wear; regardless of the number size attached to it.