It’s never easy to toss aside “creature comforts” or the little luxuries that we enjoy as westerners. Often it is these very comforts that make us unavailable for the Kingdom tasks that we have been called to. At times, it is not about the monetary or physical comforts.
Sometimes it’s an emotionally comfortable space that we are being asked to release. These sacrificial spaces that say “give til it hurts” are one’s that I have a tendency to want to pretend that I don’t see. It threatens my perceived safety zones. But it is these spaces of being called out onto uncharted waters that are often the key to being in the center of God’s will.
These uncharted waters, or my “widows mite,” are looking like a place of extreme vulnerability. For me, in this season, it is the topic of healthy body image. This a space where I get tongue tied and I start looking around for someone who’s less afraid and more qualified.
There are tons of people tackling this behemoth of an issue, but I feel like God has been tugging on my heart in this arena for some time now. It’s scary for me, and up until last week, I had a mousy, squeaky “ok.” My quiet, unresolved “ok” afforded me safety and comfort. I would throw out a post here and there. Nothing more risky than I felt I could emotionally afford.
But then something changed. It was during a conversation with a friend that I came to realize that NOT speaking out about this topic with God’s Heart, is no longer a viable option. I feel unqualified, poorly equipped and “out of my lane.” I struggle to want to be more. I fight wanting to “fit in” in the fitness arena. I don’t. I struggle with the immediate once overs I get from others in my industry who are the poster children for perfect bodies and fitness routines. Because the very same A + B that we all use to equal C doesn’t compute in my body.
But God keeps reminding me, HE IS my “more than enough.” So today, in spite of my fears and lack, I commit my widows mite, my “all-in.”
I’ll be writing and sharing more on body image in the coming weeks and months. I know that God is so on this. We cannot be truly free until we stop the judgement of ourselves and others in this space. What would it look like if our only standard of beauty and health was the one that belongs to our King. I’m believing that one day, this could be a reality. Won’t You Dream with me?
“How all-in are we today? Compared to that precious widow, most of us have next to everything. Are we giving to the Lord from our abundance, not just financially, but in time and influence and resources? Are we digging deep, deep down into the next-to-nothing parts of our pockets and calendars and efforts to give to the Lord from a place of sacrifice what is already from Him?” ~~ THE POOR WIDOW by Raechel Myers for SRT
Read More SRT Here: http://shereadstruth.com/2015/07/17/the-poor-widow/
“So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.””
Mark 12:43-44 NKJV
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