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Bible Club: New Year’s Lessons

Mackenzie Pence, Assistant Editor

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Some of you have made a New Year’s resolution- and you’re serious about it this time! Most people pick the classic example: to lose weight. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with keeping up with this resolution, and don’t get me wrong, losing weight is a great thing. Being healthy makes you look good, and feel good! But it’s the infatuation that is developed when you go about losing the weight. We are so worried about our looks that it becomes embedded in our brains, and we obsess over being “perfect”. We seek the approval of others so much, that we don’t focus on the things that are more important.

We don’t need others to like us or approve of our bodies. Some people are cruel, and won’t talk to you because of the way you look, but God will always love you despite your size or appearance. 1 Samuel 16:7 says: “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” It can be extremely tough sometimes to deal with people judging you, and it’s never going to go away. It’s just part of life. But reading God’s word can help you get through some of the hurtful things that people say, and knowing that God loves you can cancel out the negativity of others towards you. God doesn’t judge you based on appearance. Why would he? He created you for who he wanted you to be, and he made you with a purpose. Why would a painter judge his own painting, or a baker call the cake that he worked very hard on ugly? Everyone has a unique purpose in life, whether you know what it is right away or not.

So in 2015, don’t get over obsessed with you resolutions. Keeping it slim can be a great and healthy thing, but never think badly about yourself. There are people out there that think you are beautiful just the way you are! Becoming judgmental about your body can only bring you down. This year, embrace God’s creation, and love yourself for who you are!

 

 

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