We live in a body-conscious world.
Many have fallen prey to the world’s faddish definition of beauty. The latest being the A4 waistline challenge.
Pictures of people posing with an A4-sized paper across their waists showing off their trim waistlines are circulating on social media worldwide.
A 21cm waistline or the width of the A4 paper is not only far from attainable for most people but also dangerous for those with eating disorders.
Ultimately it is not the width but the health of your body that matters.
We should treat our God-given bodies with great care and respect .
The Bible tells us in I Corinthians 6:19
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
We should accept whatever shape or size of our God-given bodies.
God create this world with the beauty of different shapes and sizes. If God had wanted all His creation to look thin, then there will be no elephants, hippopotamus or buffalos. He certainly does not intend everyone to have an A4 waistline and look as thin as a snake.
We should be more concerned about how we look to God rather than how we look to the world.
The world points us to outer beauty. But the Word of God points us to the inner beauty.
I Peter 3:3-5 says,
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.”
Let the measure of your beauty not be your waistline but the plumbline of God’s Word.