Thursday, 23 September 2021

F Faith and Fitness

God Made You

Yes!  Your appearance matters!  It’s a conscious choice to care for the body God has given us.   As we consider the importance of appearance, let me say that the last thing I want to do is guilt trip you into yet another thing you need to be doing.  It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by everything we should be doing and growing in.

In the midst of our busy lives and all that it demands of us, we need a reminder about why our self care matters.  With all the demands placed on us in life, our self care easily falls in the priority list.

Here are some reasons why self care and your appearance matters and why you can prioritize it without feeling guilty:

1. God made you. The world around us is trying to destroy our uniqueness and our instinctual desire to be clean, put together, and beautiful.  But God made us to desire that.  When we dress in an outfit that is fashionable, you are making a statement that you care about yourself.  Alternatively, we can send the opposite message when we wear a baggy shirt and wrinkled jeans every day.  God desires for us is to be content in the body He has given us as we care for it and dress like we feel and believe that.

2.  You’ve often heard the tip: dress up in the morning and you’ll instantly feel better about your day.  Well this also applies to those around you.  Unless it’s an occasional day of relaxation, spending half the day in a fuzzy bathrobe and pajamas is not going very far to motivate your family to excel in their day.  Let’s be honest, its much more appealing and pleasant looking into a clean and bright face with hair in place than a disheveled, raccoon eyed one.  Your family is blessed and better inspired for the day when you dress the part of one who inspires!  If you’re married, think back to your dating days.   How much thought did you put into looking pretty for your boyfriend?  He noticed I’m sure!  On your wedding day, how much did you plan your hair and makeup?  You no doubt prepared yourself and put in the effort for that impression on your spouse that day!  It takes self care to be fresh and put effort into our appearance.  As newly weds or even newly dating, we made this a priority!  Why should that change?  2, 10, 20 years later, your spouse is still blessed to see your beautiful self.  It tells them you still care about what they see when they look at you.

3.  Our children are watching.  How you care for and dress the body God has given you is setting an example….either a powerful one or a weak one.  Do you want your daughters to take care of their bodies and appearance?   Play the part and they will more easily follow.  Do you want your sons to grow up and look for a woman who cares about herself?  Be that person and that will be their natural inclination.

Caring about your appearance inspires.  

4.  Do you want to become more approachable?  Your appearance can be the door of opportunity.   Consider the parallel importance of keeping a beautiful home.  I love this quote….”I am sure that there is no place in the world where your message would not be enhanced by your making , your home…orderly,  artistic and beautiful with some form of creativity, some form of art.”  In the same way creatively caring  for the home you live can increase your impact , creatively caring for the body you live in will expand the reach of your influence.  Ask yourself this question…If i stumbled upon myself for the first time, what 3 words would I use to describe the first impression?  If we could create a more receptive audience simply by taking care of our appearance wouldn’t it be worth the effort?

While caring for our appearance is important, it always need to be kept in balance.  This means take as much or more time caring for our souls as we do our bodies.  Don’t turn your looks into an idol.  Take care of your body and appearance as a way to embrace yourself and how God made you, to honor God and your family, bless those around you, and make the most of every opportunity!

I want to encourage you to practice self care and keeping it classy.  But beneath it all it will be an earnest desire for the wellness of your spirit!

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams

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Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 

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