International Women's Day: Can we be 'body proud'?

 
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Mothercare’s ‘Body Proud’ campaign has launched in time for International Women’s Day.

In contrast to the airbrushed perfection in most adverts, seeing women showing off their post-birth bodies is refreshing. One person tweeted: 

Refreshing, real and utterly wonderful. Thank you @mothercareuk Another step forward in helping us towards #bodyproudmums

Whether it’s when we go swimming or on a night out, comparing our bodies is something both women and men struggle with.

We know we shouldn’t, but we find ourselves looking for that ‘perfect standard’ – something the Bible both rejects and affirms.

Imperfect

God made people of all shapes and sizes.

In the womb, he knitted together our dumpy legs, our larger frames, our sticky-outy ears (Psalm 139:13). We want to look different, but God says we look ‘very good’ (Genesis 1:31).

So we don’t need to be ashamed about our bodies. God designed them, so we can accept their ‘perfect imperfections’.

This doesn’t mean, however, that we shouldn’t long for a perfect body.

Perfect

In Genesis there’s painful comparison between two sisters:

‘Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful.’ Genesis 29:16

Surprisingly, God chose to bring to bring salvation through Leah. And it’s this salvation which provides us hope as we struggle with comparison.

‘We eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who…will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.’ Philippians 3:20-21

 What you see in the mirror isn’t the final word. Jesus promises that those who follow him will enjoy a perfect body (1 Corinthians 15:44). So we look forward until then.

 But even better than our transformed body will be our transformed heart. We’ll no longer compare; we’ll rest in God’s perfect love for us - his people, of all shapes and sizes.

 
 

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