“Volunteers needed to test a new diet program. Some foods are toxic and will cause paralysis and blindness.”
I’m sure none of you, right? Clearly this plan states that this eating plan would cause blindness and paralysis for attempting it. It’s crazy! However, a few years ago, Rachel Ray conducted an experiment on her webpage (she certainly didn’t endorse this!) requesting volunteers to sign up for this particular weight loss plan. Over 1,400 people signed up!! Unbelievable! Literally, some people are dying to be thin for a perceived world-view body image.
You might think the above false diet plan is an amazingly ridiculous example of losing weight, but think about your own diet choices in the past. How many of you have tried liquid diets, the Atkins Diet, Cabbage Soup Diet, cottage cheese diet, grapefruit diet, no-carbs, no-fat, diet pills; it goes on and on and on . . . there is no “one size fits all” diet plan, everyone is physiologically different. But this isn’t how God originally created us to live. He placed Adam in a garden and gave him fruits,vegetables and whole grains to eat. Meat came later after the flood.
It’s amazing how God has created each one of us with a unique physiology!
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13)
What a fabulous DNA we have! No other person on earth who has ever lived or is living is exactly like you. It boggles the mind when you think of the billions of people who have existed on this earth and yet, no one looked or acted just like you.
In today’s society everyone seems celebrity conscious. Everyone wants to look like Kim Kardashian or Brad Pitt. People are so desperate to lose a few pounds that they will even risk their health to do so! Why would we want to destroy our earthy temple? Be content with who you are: Phil 4:11 ” . . . I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances,” or take steps to change yourself.
- Write a list of what makes you special, what you like about yourself.
- Then write down what you don’t like about yourself.
- What can you change and not change?
- That which you can change, start creating strategies to overcome them. (Be kinder, think before speaking, be socialable, study harder)
- If you can’t change, ex: physical looks, if you haven’t enough money to get a chin implant, then accept yourself for who you are.
Failure to accept who we are begins in childhood and can deter us from all types of goals. If you had parents who expected perfection from you, constantly comparing you to siblings, you might believe you are never good enough and stuff those feelings down with comfort foods. You might equate eating everything on your plate with appreciation and love, because parents praised instead of criticized when you did.
If you were fortunate enough to have a parent who encouraged you and told you could do anything if you put your mind to it, you probably still hold that mindset today. Phil 4:13 states, ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Realize you are special simply because God made you! He didn’t create a robot world – we each have good and bad characteristics which makes us interesting. Take steps to accept yourself.
REMEMBER: You are SPECIAL simply because you Are . . . and GOD DOESN’T MAKE JUNK!