May 1, 2018

The Hunger Games

By: Brooke McAllister [Nashville, TN]

For years, I struggled with my body image.

Wanting to be thinner, I would restrict my diet and over-exercise. Soon I’d be so exhausted that I would start eating whatever I wanted and gain back the weight. At the heart of this struggle was my uncertainty about whether I am really good enough.

You surely know that your body is a temple where the Holy Spirit lives. The Spirit is in you and is a gift from God.
1 Corinthians 6:19a (CEV)


With the help of a counselor and the strength I’ve found in scripture, my thinking has begun to change. I’m learning that my body is valuable and that exercising and eating a healthy diet are important; but for me, being healthy does not translate to being skinny. God cares much more about my character and compassion, and those are the things that matter.


PRAYER: Loving God, I struggle to love myself as you do. Teach me to see my value in things that truly matter. I am enough. Help me to believe that truth. Amen.


Need Encouragment?

Ask a friend to be your accountability partner. Even if you don’t eat the same things, you can encourage each other to eat foods that feed your body and soul.

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