A body image that is healthy comes from thoughts and images that are positive. Self Esteem affects how you view yourself on the inside and it also affects your body image. As females, we may have heard the phrase, “Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice.” Author Unknown. Males may have heard the song lyrics, “God bless the child who has his own,” by Billie Holiday. These words helped build our self-esteem as males and females growing up. We need these types of thoughts about ourselves to add value to our worth. What happens a lot of times is we may think well of ourselves as children, but as we age we see all these images of what others tell us are good body shapes, and it negatively impacts the opinion of the body that we have.
The Bible has a lot to say about the way we should view ourselves. It states, “I will praise You (God), for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well,” Psalms 139:14. The Psalmist David knew that he was made in God’s image and that he was an amazing person because of this. The Bible also states: “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
Knowing our worth and value helps us to be positive about our body image because we can see ourselves in a good light, both internally and externally. The scripture in Psalms also helps us be confident about our body image because it tells us that we are wonderfully made. There is no one else that is made exactly like us, even our fingerprints are one of a kind. We are fearfully made because God took his time creating and crafting each one of us as individuals. As I write this, I am excited about this scripture that tells me how unique I truly am. I hope that you are also feeling positive about your body image when you read this scripture.
Positive thoughts are important in developing and maintaining a positive body image. The Bible offers guidance on what things to think about. It states, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think on these things,” Philippians 4:8. Ask God for help at having a healthy body image. The Bible states, “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence,” Ephesians 3:12. We may not always have control over our appearance, but we can control how we choose to think about ourselves. We can look for things that we like about our appearance to help build positive thoughts about our bodies.
We can also make healthy choices to boost our body image. For example, fixing your hair in a style that you enjoy, putting on a favorite outfit or buying a new one can also boost body image. Also, focusing on ways to keep your body healthy can help us to feel good about ourselves. Having a healthy body image can give us the courage to implement healthy choices for our bodies Our choices can be starting a new exercise program, trying new healthy recipes, and adopting a new healthy habit like getting a spa treatment. Spa treatments are offered for both men and women.