“…rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:4
I did something on Saturday that should have happened the minute our oldest daughter was born. I threw out our bathroom scale. That small light up machine was getting too much power handed to it. A pound up or down was able to hold a place in my mind that influenced my worth. A number should not have that kind of control. This is not me giving up being healthy or deciding to eat everything in sight. No, this is putting weight and appearance both in their proper place. There is such freedom found in letting that indicator go and remembering what is precious in the sight of God.
Think about it, when you look back over your life and the older people that have loved you well, do you know how much they weighed? It is not the first thing that usually comes to mind is it? No, it is how they made you feel, the fun memories you made together and the kind words they spoke to you that make you smile. The ones with an “incorruptible beauty” seem to stand out in my mind. Perhaps we can also remember the truth and “know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19). Maybe then taking care of ourselves looks more of taking care of what belongs to God. We can be a good steward of His temple without obsessing over the ideal number we come up with.
This might have just been for me, but maybe you needed the reminder for yourself. Either way I hope we remember the truth about beauty and lets get busy making good memories with those we love.