How do I LOVE my body?

pure-pursuit

The Pure Pursuit of Health & Fitness  {Part 2}

Let’s see what just a couple familiar Scriptures say about being healthy and strong:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

Bringing glory to God with my body is not using my body for sinful endeavors, but taking care of it, keeping it in good condition, nourishing it with good food and doing my best to keep it free from disease. If my body is not really mine, then I am merely a steward and must treat it well. This is our instruction to take care of it.

It is also important to not just be free from disease, but to be truly, physically strong. One of my favorite passages in Scripture is that of the excellent wife, in Proverbs 31:10-31. Twice it applauds this amazing woman for being strong. “She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong” (v. 17), and “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come” (v. 25). I love how she practically wears her strength like a wardrobe. It’s beautiful. Being strong is excellent and worthy of honor.

Scripture says that taking care of our bodies and pursuing strength is important. Why? To glorify God, not myself.

When you fully realize and internalize this as your reason to workout and eat well, the game totally changes. You begin to challenge and compete with yourself, and stop comparing yourself with other women. You can start thinking, “I’m supposed to take care of this body, so I’m going to give it my absolute best!”

Your mindset and motivation to be fit and strong can be pure. Ask yourself how strong can you get? How many pull-ups can you do? How fast can you run? Where is your own body’s upper limit? The measure of success is no longer a number on the scale or a pants size, but what your body can DO. When this is your focus, you will WANT to eat better and you will WANT to do every single workout. And slowly you will feel the aesthetic entrapment begin to release its grip. You just won’t care anymore what your body looks like, but will care a lot more about what it is capable of.

My passion for you as a woman is to feel liberated from body-obsession and body-worship, to be able to pursue fitness from a pure standpoint. Let go of trying to look good and measure up to the fitness level of other women. Take care of your body, make it stronger and more capable, and feed it really well. This is your responsibility and your opportunity to bring God glory with your body. When you dive in and embrace this challenge, you never know what you might discover you can do!

What is your body image right now?  What can you start doing differently?  How can you begin to bring God glory with your body?  Let us know and leave a comment!

megan_dMegan Dahlman is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Certified Precision Nutrition Coach, and mother of two little boys. She coaches women of all ages toward becoming healthy and fit. She just launched www.strong-mommas.com , a website fully catered toward moms who are looking for a more heavenly perspective in health and fitness. It is loaded with workout and nutrition guidance, helping moms become truly healthy and strong, not just sexy. Megan lives in Aurora with her husband, two boys, horse, dog and chickens. You can follow her on Facebook @strongmommas and Instagram @strong_mommas.

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