Last night I stumbled upon this Instagram account, where the user points out how bloggers used photoshop to make themselves look skinnier in blog posts or social media posts. I even learned there’s something called a Skinny App that does that for you? As I scrolled through the posts, my heart hurt. A lot.
It makes me sick that we feel the need to photoshop ourselves before we post pictures online. And I’m not talking about smoothing out wrinkles in your shirt or erasing that stray hair across your face – I’m talking about erasing parts of ourselves: making your legs, arms, or waist look thinner, etc.
In thinking about how much time I pour into this space, I want it to mean something. I want my online life to say something to the women and girls who read it. You are beautiful, you are loved, and you are enough in your skin the way you are right now. I won’t ever photoshop my body because, no matter how much I can critique it, that’s the way it is. And photoshopping it here does not change it in real life. Photoshopping it here does not tell you or me to love the body God gave us. Photoshopping it tells us both we aren’t enough the way you are. Photoshopping my body tells us both we need to live up to a reality that isn’t achievable.
I hope you can come to this blog and see an everyday girl who likes to wear cute things. A girl who believes there’s more to life than pretty accessories and a beautiful house. A girl who works everyday to be comfortable in her own skin and to encourage you to be the same. But in all of those things, a girl who believes God sent his Son for you and for me to die for our sins, so that we can know him and be welcomed into eternal life with him. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are now in a right relationship with God and our lives are changed because of that.
Friend, that’s what this season is about. As we await the birth of Christ, we remember his death. We remember the babe who was born in a manger, the man who lived his life here on the very earth we live now without an inkling of sin, and the man who sacrificed his life with us in his mind. We celebrate the man who is God in the flesh, who gives us an eternal worth that looking skinnier online can’t even touch.
Girl, you are loved. The shape of your body won’t change that. You are loved right now, as you are, in your skin.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2: 4-10
Hold onto that truth today.