Last week NOW (the National Organization for Women) celebrated the 14th annual Love Your Body Day. Love Your Body Day is “a day when women of all sizes, colors, ages and abilities come together to celebrate self-acceptance and to promote positive body image. Since the launch of Love Your Body Day in 1998, NOW Foundation has used the campaign to challenge the unrealistic beauty standards and gender stereotypes promoted by the media, Hollywood and the fashion, cosmetics and diet industries.” I was introduced to Love Your Body Day when I read Erin Matson’s blog “Love Your Body Day: A Woman’s Body Politic.” In Matson’s post she addresses 13 issues that surround body image, including, diets, advertising, and anorexia. To my great surprise I did not disagree with a single one of the topics she brought up. Because truly, I believe that we all need to learn to love our body. Our body can do some pretty amazing things. When you take the time to sit down and consider your body’s greatness it can astound you. Our skin can sew itself back together… our muscles can stretch and gain strength allowing dancers to do some breathtaking dance moves… and our brains are so magnificent that it is hard to comprehend. We may be uncomfortable in our bodies, but that is because of the world surrounding us. We can step up to be plate by believing that we are masterpieces.
Believe that you are a masterpiece. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” God made each and every one of us from his own image. Who are we to say that we are not a masterpiece, our maker loves us for who we are, for who he made us to be. Psalm 139:13-14 states, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” I know it is hard to make the insecurities go away, but just remember every time you look down upon God’s greatest creation that you are “Fearfully and wonderfully made.” Happy late Love Your Body Day!