Dec 31 2014
Do we lament the crappiness inside us as much as we lament not having bigger boobs or tighter abs?
We’ve been tricked!
We’re too often body-obsessed to the point of being negligent about our souls.
It’s completely normal that younger people look physically better than older people. It’s completely normal that WE are not the most physically beautiful person alive. But that’s not the basis of true beauty. As some great theologian once said: We aren’t bodies. We HAVE bodies. We’re souls.
If my main emphasis is on bodies, then, yes, I’ll be disappointed as I get older. My body will go downhill and so will my partner’s. And it’ll make me want something (or, MUCH WORSE, someone) else. It’s a fool’s game.
Imagine a little kid who gets a present. It’s a stuffed teddy bear in a box. She opens the box and sees the stuffed animal. But she throws the bear aside. Instead, for the rest of her life, she carries the box with her everywhere she goes. She treats the packinging like it’s the present.
Our bodies are merely packages. They get banged up over time and deteriorate. They protect the important bits inside!
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
_2 Corinthians 4:16
We shouldn’t be careless with our bodies. They protect us and they’re tools to help our souls do good in the world! But today, we too often look at bodies as an end. We evaluate how big or small someone’s <fill in the blank> is. Like it really matters! How depressing! How wrong! When did Jesus ever talk of human beings this way?
It’s true that the two aren’t mutually exclusive. You can have a great body and a great heart. A great body is a great help. But a corrective is needed in our society. It’s the teddy bears that are precious, not the packaging.
May He continue to do his work inside all of us and make us beautiful – most especially as time wears on! And may we be given more understanding about the nature of life – that bodies perish and souls live forever!