I've been doing an eating cleanse for the past 18 days...I'm over it. Although I didn't do it to lose weight there is always that hidden motive in the back of my mind. With that said, I hopped on the scale this morning. Weigh in is quite an ordeal when you are a woman. You want to get on the scale right away in the morning and take every ounce of anything off so there is no unnecessary weight that might cause an inaccurate reading. You know, the kind of stuff that could really skew the numbers, like earrings, wedding rings, bobby pins. With that, you have to set the scale in the exact right spot on the floor to make sure you have a level surface. You then have to make sure you step on the scale right in the middle because if you were to be off a little it might throw the reading a few pounds. Finally, you totally exhale because oxygen weighs a lot. Then, the moment of truth.
When I looked down this morning, mind you after not having eaten anything but vegetables for the past 2 days, it said I had gained three pounds. Rage. So I threw everything back on and as I was getting ready to put the scale away I heard that familiar voice say, "what if it's wrong". See, usually I just take the assault and wear sweatpants and a hoodie for the rest of the day but today I decided to trust that voice and go in for the second reading. I stepped on the scale, this time with all of my trappings (including my shoes), and "voila!', I had mysteriously lost three pounds. Weird. I kind of felt like Ralphie from A Christmas Story when he realizes that his secret decoder pen was a total scam. The scale was wrong! For the past 6 months I was allowing my emotions and self image to fluctuate based on my weight and the scale was broken!
What if this were true in life as well? What if some of the things we had always thought about ourselves really weren't true, we were just measuring ourselves with a faulty scale. I started thinking about how often we allow the lies of the enemy to dictate who we are. As we scroll through social media comparing ourselves to others. "You don't have friends like she does", "you don't love God as much as she does", "you aren't as pretty as she is", "your kids aren't as talented as hers are". We allow all of these lies to give us a false reading on not only who we are but who others are as well. Psalm 139:14 says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. The word "wonderfully" in greek actually means to be set apart or different. What a lie to think that we have to be like everyone else. What a lie to think that being different is unattractive. What a lie to think that we have to "fit in". God individually created each one of us on purpose. Psalm 139:13 says that He saw you even before you were born, He knit you together.
Today, be aware of the thoughts that you entertain in regards to who you are. If you find that the scale you have been using to measure yourself with is broken, maybe it's time to get a new scale, one that gives you a true reflection of who you are.
-What does these verses mean to you?
-What are some areas that God wants to renew your thinking in regards to who HE says you are?