wonderful things happen, the first thought is,
“Share this story with others and spread the joy!”
I had been overweight for many years, and as a result, have listened
to the negative chatter from television, magazines and others
around me. I heard these negative statements and beliefs, again
and again and let them become part of my mind-set. But no longer!
Look at me! I am beautiful. I really, really believe it now, from
the depths of my soul. And, I can honestly say that I thank God
for all the years of struggle, because now, maybe, I can help
someone else to feel better and healthier. (At this point I just
got rid of some clothes and am still losing, in a slow and healthy
way.) This is no diet secret, so do not expect that. It is no
exercise mystery. There are no pills or drinks. It is not quick.
It is not always easy, but it works!!! It consists of one thing—a
wonderful, blessed change of mind and a spirit of thanks giving.
The Story: I know that many of us who are overweight, look in
the mirrors at ourselves and say "I loath you!" "You
are ugly!" "You are a stupid slob"..... Well, I
was doing that to myself one evening. Suddenly, God, (yes, I am
sure it was the Holy Spirit inspired me, not in a vision or a
bolt from the blue or a voice, but with a gentle sensation–a
mental knock on my head, that said
“I gave you that.” (my body) “I
gave you that. It moves and feels and loves. How can anything
I made be ugly? Be thankful.”
Well, the change of mind was instantaneous. Thanksgiving is an
amazing power! How ungrateful I have been for this wonderful body
God gave me. I was ashamed, for my lack of thanksgiving thus far,
but was also determined. Think about it. We are all different
but if God made us, how can we be ugly? We may have let ourselves
go a bit, but we are still the wonderful creations He planned.
I had a garden. It had roses. It had lavender. It had begonias
and trees, cilantro, radishes, cactus..... They are all beautiful.
No, a cactus is not a rose, and radishes taste different from
cilantro, but who can say they are not all wonderful?
Now, I cannot see anyone as ugly. It is rather nice. Imagine going
through the world and seeing all of God's human flowers, and loving
their beauty? I want to smile at everyone because they glow in
my mind. They are beautiful!
A further thought: On further consideration, an
analogy came to my mind. A young man with his hot red sports car,
does not hate it when it needs a tune-up. He does not say mean
things about it to others, or kick its tires in anger. He looks
at the magnificent machine and says. "I am so thankful for
this wonderful vehicle. It needs a wash and a tune-up." So,
what does he do? He goes about getting a tune-up, and washes and
polishes his car. He cares for it. He is happy and thankful.
Well, our bodies are our Ferrari's! Look at them. What gifts!
I will no longer hate my body. I will thank God for it, and care
for it and give it a tune-up. What we love, we care for. What
we are thankful for, we cherish!
Thank you God for this miracle to my mind. Thank you God, that
I can type with these wonderful short fingers of mine. Thank you
God that I can see with my eyes even though I wear glasses. Thank
you God for this body, however you made it, freckles and all.
I am beautiful. I am art . . . and so are YOU.
And to any reading this, God bless. Now go, be thankful and take
care of your sports car. ~ DawnJK.: