You’re a potter. You’ve had an idea spinning in your head for the past three nights. You just can’t contain your excitement until you create this masterpiece engulfing your mind.
You are perched on a stool facing a big clump of clay. To others this would look pointless and not worth the time but not to you. You know exactly what you are about to create with this “worthless clump of clay”. You begin molding the piece. Your fingers create ridges and shape. The idea is so vivid in your mind and the clay is beginning to show hints of that thought. You’ve been manipulating the clay for hours, but you’re so focused on the making of your masterpiece that you simply do not realize you’ve missed breakfast, lunch and soon to be supper. You’re pouring all of your love into this art piece. Supper passes and so does midnight but your vivid thought has now come to life. “It is beautiful!” you reflect. The clay was once nothing and you have crafted it into something, actually not just something…but a masterpiece. Better yet, you had no intention of keeping the beauty for yourself but instead had someone very specific in mind to give it to. You’re thrilled to give that “clump of clay” to this someone.
You swaddle the precious piece in colorful blankets and carefully hand it over to that very special recipient that you’ve had in mind. Your child is the recipient of your hard work, deep thought, powerful passion, and copious amount of love contained into the portion of clay. However, they’re blind to it. The child appreciates it but does not see the beauty. They don’t see the intentional details, the love, the value and the worth. What the child sees is imperfection, the child sees improvements to be made, the child sees the lack of what they don’t have. So, the child makes changes. The child begins to chip away at the details that you so intricately crafted. When asked who created the piece they respond with “Me, it’s mine. It’s not perfect but, it’s a work in progress.”
You feel sorry and not for yourself but for your child. For the child does not understand how valuable the piece is. They don’t understand how precise you made that masterpiece.
The Potter is God. The clay masterpiece is your body. The child is you.
I have been debating this blog post for weeks now. Not because I don’t think the words carry value, but because this topic is constantly debated and I truly do get tired of hearing about it. Girls constantly worry about their bodies. Headlines scream, too skinny or too fat, or too this and too that. I am over it. I write this blog to end the debate, simplify the topic and ease your mind.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reads: Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own. You were bought at a price. Therefore honor your God with your bodies.
Imagine how that potter felt when the child began chipping away and calling the art piece their own. We do that to God on a daily basis, but yet he specifically tells us YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN. That body is not for you to “perfect” because friends…God created you and I in his image. Last time I checked…the man is perfect. Now with this being said he did not make us perfect, but he perfectly made us how he wanted us to be made. When I hear the words YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN, it takes a lot of pressure off me. Like, this is not my body to be screwing up. When something belongs to someone else you usually want to keep it in the condition they designed it to be kept in.
Romans 12:2 reads: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Simple, the only reason why we try to change the design of our bodies is because we are in awe of something else in this world. But why… God just said DO NOT CONFORM TO THE PATTERN OF THIS WORLD. You know that girl you’re comparing yourself to or the girl you’re trying to mimic, she is doing the same exact thing to another girl. It’s a vicious cycle. We have to stop.
Let’s check this out. 1 Corinthians 6:19 also said, “Do you not know that YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. “
Have y’all been in a temple? Well usually the people like to keep the building in pristine condition. Which is exactly what we should do with our bodies. We should be healthy and take care of the body God gave us. God gifted everyone different bodies which is just another reason why comparing gets us in trouble.
Stop asking yourself am I skinny or am I fat? Instead ask, “Am I healthy? Am I treating my body like a temple or a trailer park? Am I honoring God with my body?”
Just as the potter poured his passion, love, and thoughts into the clay art; God does the same with each of us—Psalm 139:13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
We, as sinful flesh, are gonna struggle with this, guaranteed. Rely on 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 to get ya out of the slump. Our bodies are hands, feet, ears, eyes, and voices for our Lord and Savior. Why should we not keep them healthy in order to be the best disciples for Jesus as we can be? Our purpose on this earth is much bigger and much more powerful than any worldly desire. We have to take the focus off of us and our bodies. Remember to place the focus on Him and the body he has gifted us to do His will.