“Are you doing this to be healthy or because you want to be skinny?” her friend asked.
Sally knew that she had to answer honestly.
“I want to be skinny,” Sally replied.
Her friend gently said, “Perhaps that’s the problem. If you go about this with a desire to be healthy and glorify the Lord with your body, you will be satisfied. Not necessarily satisfied in yourself or how you look, but satisfied in God.”
Find Your Purpose
Many of us can relate to Sally’s story. Magazine covers give us a picture of the ideal woman that can only truly be achieved through Photoshop. And then there’s all of the quick fix “solutions” that are found in bookstores and on the Internet. Television and movies proclaim that beauty is defined by our outward appearance. So where do we start?
If we know it’s not all about pursuing a cultural “ideal” that God didn’t create us for, we need to find a deeper motivation for pursuing exercise. So what did God create us for? God created us for worship—for himself. We see just a glimpse of this in Psalm 100:3: “Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” We are his! We are God’s creation (Ephesians 2:10). Each intricately designed cell, every single strand of hair, everything—designed by God (Matthew 10:30) and made for his glory (Isaiah 43:7).