Something I remind myself often is that my body is not an ornament. It does not exist as a means of impressing others. The Bible tells us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and that they are “tents” for our souls. I love that. I am thankful for my tent and all that it does, but I don’t want to glorify it or become obsessed with it. It is just a temporary house for my spirit, after all.
As much as I can, I try to cultivate gratitude for things my body allows me to do that have absolutely nothing to do with how it looks. Here are a few things I’ve come up with, and hopefully they will inspire you to make your own list:
-feel sunshine on my skin
-go bike riding
-float in the ocean
-hold my husband’s hand
-hug my friends and family
-see beauty (flowers, sunrises, people smiling, etc)
-listen to music
-eat my favorite foods
-dance (not well, mind you)
-sing in church
-blow out candles on a birthday cake
-text or call loved ones that live far away
And the list goes on! What are some things that you’re grateful your body allows you to do?