HOW CAN I LEARN TO
LOVE MY BODY?
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Our image and appearance matter to us, because the way we present ourselves on the outside is connected to who we are on the inside. But we have a choice, every day: will I let myself be pressured into trying to achieve impossible physical perfection? Or will I choose to be myself, to be who God created me to be? That choice is not always easy.
There are times when we feel we aren’t good enough. That we have to change for others to accept us. That maybe even then we still won’t live up to their expectations.
But God meets us where we are, and loves us as daughters and sons. Each one of us is valuable, unique, and beloved by God.
Our heavenly Creator loves us for who we are and always wants the best for us.
God cares about how deeply we love others, how we come to God with all of our insecurities and struggles, and how we continue to follow Christ through the way we live. It can be hard to remember this, because it is not the message we get so often from social media, or from people who choose to body shame others.
Every day, we are flooded with images telling us how we should look, putting pressure on us to achieve unattainable, false physical perfection. Many negative influences warp the way we see ourselves, and false narratives challenge what we know to be true. But each day we can try again.
We can choose to surround ourselves with genuine friends who love us as we are, and challenge us to grow, out of their desire for us to be who God made us to be. We can make sure that the accounts and influencers we follow online are going to build us up rather than tear us down. And on the days when maybe it all gets a bit much, we can seek out the advice of someone we trust who can help us to put things into perspective.
Be proud of who you are, and not ashamed of how someone else sees you. Love your body, love yourself!
What the Bible says...
God created human beings in His own image. Each of us is a masterpiece of God, bearing His perfection, goodness and beauty.
As Psalm 139:13-14 says:
“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.”
What the Church says...
Pope Francis says: “Our present-day culture exploits the image of the young. Beauty is associated with a youthful appearance, cosmetic treatments that hide the traces of time. Young bodies are constantly advertised as a means of selling products. The ideal of beauty is youth, but we need to realize that this has very little to do with young people. It only means that adults want to snatch youth for themselves, not that they respect, love and care for young people”(CV.79).
A prayer for contentment
Lord, in a world full of people striving for perfection, in which society constantly throws its definition of beauty in our faces and saturates us with images that we often compare ourselves to, please help us to fully grasp the truth that YOU created each one of us to look a certain way. You didn’t accidentally create any part of us. Help us to see our bodies as you do, wonderful and marvellous. Please forgive us, Father, when we waste time pining for physical attributes that you’ve given to other people.
Help us to accept that you created each one of us uniquely and with a purpose. Father, help us not only to be content with our bodies, but to celebrate them – the differences, the disabilities, the flaws, the beauty and the imperfections.
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