(Disclaimer: Remember. I’m not a doctor or a health professional. This is purely an article of opinion and truth about the scale that I’ve learned. Please read with wisdom and discernment!)
Let’s talk about something I do consider somewhat of an important topic. Your worth should not be tied to the scale. Period. In fact, in some cases, I might even suggest smashing your scale. Am I saying that you should never weigh yourself? Well, I think that is totally an area of liberty, but for someone who struggled for a long time with obsessively weighing herself, to the point of obsession and idolatry, I would say that ‘the scale’ is not a good idea.
Marina, you definitely inspired some thought for this post with your post, ‘Why You Should Break Up With Your Scale.‘
(Oh yes, and the blogging break I took was wonderful… It was just what the Lord knew that I needed to re-focus, pray, think, and spend time just ‘being’ instead of racing around. I’m so thankful that it really helped re-set my thinking about blogging. Though I have definitely not reached the ‘perfect’ mindset, I’m thanking the Lord for a time of refreshment in my soul and body. It wasn’t quite 2-3 weeks, but I’m not going to be obsessive about it being 2-3 weeks.
What did I figure out: I love blogging, but I just need to take a break every once in a while.)
Now what is the scale?
The scale is a piece of plastic with batteries inside.
What does the scale tell you?
3-4 numbers, depending on what type you have.
What does the scale not tell you?
1. It can’t tell someone the state of their soul or heart or emotions.
2. It can’t tell someone how much joy or sadness they have inside.
3. It can’t tell me about the work that Jesus Christ has done in cleansing my heart from my inward filthiness.
1 Peter 1:18-19, ‘Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:’
4. It couldn’t tell me that all men and women, including me had sinned and fallen short of God’s glory and that I needed God to quicken me from my dead estate.
5. It can’t tell me what’s going on inside my body, the reparation that happened in recovery, the reparation that is still happening.
6. It can’t tell me that my worth isn’t in what I do but in what Christ Jesus does!
Most of all, it can not tell you that you were and are created in the image of God…
And though the fall of man damaged man and woman, the scale can’t tell you that Jesus Christ came to redeem souls and save hearts from sin.
Jesus Christ came to show me that I can’t be good but that He is good and that His sacrifice to reconcile man and God is what gives me worth.
Your worth isn’t in a number.
Your worth is because you were created, created for a purpose, created for God’s purpose, the Creator and Maker of the World… Psalm 8:3-6 says about mankind’s purpose, ‘When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! ‘
So how do you avoid the scale in the house if you’re struggling with eating disordered tendencies?
#1 Tip) Have someone else take it and put it somewhere, and tell yourself that even if you want to, don’t go looking for it.
#2 Tip) Instead of weighing yourself, do something else… Go talk to your friends or family. Read book. Listen to a podcast. Write down verses that encourage you to look back to Jesus Christ and His salvation.
#3 Tip) Get rid of the clothes that you just feel really self-conscious in. – I found that it really isn’t worth it to let those clothes keep you in a prison of letting them define your body image and worth. The more I purge the clothes and get rid of them, the less self-focused and body focused I am and the more logical I’ve become about caring for my body but not over-focusing on it.
#4 Tip) If you go to the doctor and have to get on the scale, just don’t look… Instead think of how you’re thankful that you’re getting healthy, that you don’t have to obsess about food or weight all the time, and that you are actually living life in God’s awesome world.
And then…. go enjoy a cookie or something delicious with your family.
1. What does the scale not tell you?
2. Have you ever struggled with being bound to the scale? How did you get free?
3. If you don’t weigh yourself any more what did you do with your scale?
Linking up with Katie for a Marvelous Monday!