Before I even begin this, let me just say that I have no desire to offend anyone. If you read closely, you will see that the person I am poking the most is myself.
I drove home this evening causing even myself disgust. I had just spent the last hour moving my aging body in directions that it lost the map to several years ago. I was dripping with sweat and causing even my adoring one boy fan club to scurry quickly away. But through the fog of my own cloud, I could see more clearly the image of myself. We all have that image. The one we see on the inside, that doesn't match the one on the outside. And there she was, looking more youthful and feeling more fulfilled.
I can't wait for the day that the two images are identical and the disappointing "aw" isn't resounding out of me first thing in the morning. I can't count the times that I have scurried past a mirror or window without a care in the world, and then I catch my reflection. It's at that point I find myself asking, who is that? Because...uh....THAT is NOT me. But, alas, it is. Then you pick up your pride and enter into your adult world of work and play. It is there that you run into "her".
She is the perpetual skinny girl with all the advice in the world regarding how you should better handle your body. The one that stands over you at lunch smacking on her cookie while reminding you "It's a temple you know." Uh...yeah...I know. The not so nice side of you wants to take that cookie and....well, I can't exactly finish that thought. Taking dieting advice from a skinny girl with no history of weight issues is not only self-defeating, it's down right tasking to the nerves.
Just as taking advice from a Christian that doesn't walk in the word........well. You follow? I know I do. God has put this on my heart more and more as I draw closer to opening my office doors. If we are going to offer the advice, we need to walk the walk and not stand over our friends and family smacking on that cookie. I believe that when we drop the cookie, our image of ourselves and the image God has of us will merge. Therefore, making the trip past the mirror in the morning a pleasant awakening.