The Most Important Lesson from Taryn Brumfitt’s Message

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A Different Kind of Beauty by Stephanie Nickel

Ladies, this post is especially for you.

I have a huge challenge for you this week. It was inspired by Taryn Brumfitt’s before and after pictures that have circulated on Facebook and the video you can watch here.

(Please note that a few of the images may make some viewers uncomfortable.)

I am a firm believer in setting fitness goals for ourselves, eating well, and staying physically active.

And yet . . .

There is something I believe in even more firmly—as a woman and as a Christian . . .

Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

Stop!

Go back and read that again. This time—aloud.

Do you believe it? Do you really? You do know that you are one of His wonderful works, right?

Here’s that challenge I mentioned:

Get into your bathing suit and stand in front of a full length mirror. Study yourself, including all those parts you’d like to change.

Now, take a deep breath and recite Psalm 139:14 emphasizing “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Take another deep breath, and this time proclaim the verse—louder, with more conviction.

If you’re ready to take this challenge even further, begin to thank God for each part of His fearful and wonderful creation.

It may sound something like this to begin with . . .

Thank You, Lord, for hair to cover my head—though because of the grey, it looks strange when I pull it back; it looks like I bought my ponytail from the store.

Thank You, Lord, for ears to hear—though my glasses do sit at a strange angle because of their uneven placement.

Thank You, Lord, for eyes to see—though I always look like I’m squinting when I smile.

Thank You, Lord, for a nose to smell—though the rosacea makes me look a little like Rudolph.

Thank You, Lord, for my mouth—which I wish I always used to honour You and bless those who hear me.

Thank You, Lord, for my chin(s).

You get the idea—and we’ve only made it to the shoulders.

By the way, these are disclaimers I would add as I look in the mirror—most of which I can now laugh about.

I encourage you to repeat this challenge every day until you start to actually believe it. And then do so from time to time as a reminder.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting you play mind games with yourself. But I do want to help you see that you are a beautiful, incredible masterpiece made by the Creator of the universe—just the way you are.

Have you said these things—or at least thought them?

I’ll be satisfied with my body when . . .

I’ll be happy with my body when . . .

I’ll be thankful for my body when . . .

I know it may seem like I’m encouraging you to be inwardly focused, but if many—I’d venture to say most—of us were honest, we’d admit that our appearance and the way we feel about our body often crosses our mind.

The difference between what I’m suggesting and positive self-talk is this: We are focusing on the Creator and thanking Him for the body He has given us to accomplish His plans and purposes in this life. We are acknowledging that we can accomplish those things beginning today, right this minute. We don’t have to wait until we’re thinner, stronger, healthier, more beautiful. We can start now.

I believe when we can declare Psalm 139:14—and mean it, we will not only view ourselves differently but also be less inclined to pass even silent judgment on other women. And I can’t stress enough how important that is.

I also believe we must be careful not to pass judgement on others when we do find the fitness program and meal plan that work well for us.

As you may know, Taryn Brumfitt’s before picture was taken when she was competing in a women’s bodybuilding contest. Yes, that was her before picture.

Surprisingly, she confesses she didn’t feel any better about herself at that point than she had previously. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

She has gone from loathing her body to loving it. While you may not loath your body, what words come to mind when you think about it? Are they primarily positive or negative?

While I don’t share Brumfitt’s support of public nudity and likely a number of other things, I wholeheartedly support her view as stated in this quote from Hefty – Love Your Body.

“The most important lesson from Taryn Brumfitt’s message is: love your own body, because it’s the only one that you have.”

I believe we can become increasingly good stewards of the bodies God gave us and yet go from discouragement to contentment to thankfulness long before we attain our fitness goals.

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Steph (b and w)

 

Steph Beth Nickel is an author, a freelance editor and writer, a labour doula, and a former personal trainer. She’d love to connect with you on Facebook or Twitter, on her website or blog.

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2 thoughts on “The Most Important Lesson from Taryn Brumfitt’s Message

  1. This is so true. We need to love ourselves inside and out. We are wonderfully made, but that also means we have a responsibility, a stewardship as you pointed out, to take care of what God gave us. I’ve been so lax with this until recently. We aren’t perfect. We’re human. But if we strive to do the best we can to take care of God’s precious creation, our bodies, we will be happier and healthier and better able to serve Him.

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