“That does it!! No more pigging out on pizza for me,” I hear you shout. No more binge-watching and buttered sweet corn.
The stranger staring back at you from that full-length mirror is not who you wanted to see. Face it, your high school yearbook editor is one of a select few who remember, as Streisand and Redford put it in ‘73, “the way we were.” If you really want to recover your senior year’s physique, these should be your salad-only days.
Are you always dissatisfied with your appearance, obsessing about what others think? Then Paul offers this level-headed counsel:
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”*
Paul has anticipated your next question: “How should I think about me?”
“Don’t think of yourself more highly than you should. Instead be modest in your thinking, and judge yourself according to the amount of faith God has given you. ”**
Go ahead and respect yourself, using the guard rails given specifically to you by the Holy Spirit. But above all, remember that your Father in heaven is crazy-in-love with you …… just the way you are!