I woke up this morning and noticed my epic bedhead. The bags under my eyes. The pounds around my middle-to-lower half. How many minutes pass before I think about what God has for me today? The purpose He’s placed on my life? How many more times will I glance in the mirror rather than glance upward for guidance? How much more often will I check my hair or make-up or clothes rather than check my motives, my heart, my trajectory?
Yet I know I was created for more than this preoccupation with the physical.
I was created with a purpose, God-given circumstances, experiences, gifts, talents, tools, all to accomplish that which He had planned before I was even born.
“The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18
I love the creation story. I love that God merely spoke and everything came into existence. I love the exhibition of his power and sovereignty in the first two chapters of the Bible.
One of my favorite portions of the tale is the creation of Eve.
I find the wording of her creation to be interesting and quite telling regarding my own purpose and God’s intention for me. Eve was created out of a need for a helper. The idea of a helper is one who gives assistance, comes alongside, works along with.
Eve was not created out of Adam’s need for something pretty to look at, though we know he was glad at the sight of her from his reaction in verse 23.
Eve was not created to maintain her physical beauty or improve upon God’s creation of her body. No, those things were never mentioned.
Eve was created to DO something. Not to look a certain way or merely to be looked at. We were created for much more than looking hot. Perhaps if we better knew our purpose, we would be less preoccupied by other pursuits.
CHALLENGE: Do you know your purpose? Do you think if you could identify more specifically what God created you to do you might be less concerned with your physical appearance? How do you feel life purpose and body image are connected?