You Were Made for More Than This

Where do I begin? It began with a comment that was made when I was in middle school. Before that, I can’t remember worrying about what I ate and what I looked like or what size clothes I wore. All of a sudden, there it was, staring at me like a deer in the headlights and everything then became about my body. I counted calories and I worked out like crazy. 

 

Fast forward to freshman year of high school. I was at a football game cheering and a nurse, a family friend, told my mom that I was  going to die if something doesn’t happen to intervene. I was so thin and my heart rate was around 38 bpm. I am still so thankful for her today. Was it that I wanted to be on top of the pyramid as a cheerleader? Is that why I worked so hard to lose weight and not eat? I finally agreed to seek treatment for my eating disorder and went to a facility to get help. I got better, but the thing is, it didn’t completely go away.  

 

Fast Forward again to my freshman year in college. Same thing, the old habits set back in. I eventually had to leave my dream school and go back home to get better. College is supposed to be the time of your life, making new friends and learning so much about the world! Instead I chose my body again as my idol.  

 

Thanks to God, I am still alive today. I am married and have 4 beautiful children (which after the damage I did to my body when I was younger, I shouldn’t have been able to have kids). Those times in my life, I could have perished. Why I am still here is crazy, but it means that I am still here for a reason. God has a special thing for me to do; a purpose for me.  

 

God has a purpose for your life as well. Oh friend, he has made you for so much more. God created us in his image and put us on the Earth to tell others about Him. How can we do that if our lives are overtaken by what we look like? 

 

I’m not saying we shouldn’t take pride in our bodies. We need to maintain our health in order to be disciples for Him, yet not take it to the point our body is an idol.

 

1 Corinthians 6:19 (ESV) states, “Or 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.” Our body is God’s and we need to treat it properly for Him. Protect it. Nourish it.  

 

WE were created for a purpose and we each have a special gift that God has given us. We may have scars that we are ashamed of, but if we put God and the word first and lean on our friends, those scars can tell a great story for Jesus.

 

So, what’s your story? 

 

Tara Sink - CTC Friend

 

 

  

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