Meredith in Congo

A friend posted something yesterday that I wanted to share with you. It struck me because as we look at Pinterest and brands and magazines and “inspirational” photos, it’s easy to forget what’s more important than being “in shape” or a certain weight. Also, it’s easy to forget how our hearts, spirits and bodies being well in all regards makes each of those parts better because of the other. 

I met Meredith this summer in Congo. She lived near the orphanage we worked with for about six months (I think) but she is from DC. I was amazed she picked up her life and moved to Congo without ever having been there. That being said, I do respect a lot of what she says!

She wrote: 

“There are lots of posts about fitness on my news feed lately, I know its that time of year and its great! Inspiring stories and picture perfect transformations are abounding! 

Just watch out for vanity and remember the size and shape of our body means little if your heart isn’t big and pure. 

1 Peter 3:3-4: “Do not let your adorning be external-the braiding of hair and putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear-but let you adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

Also, vice-versa — most people will not get to benefit from your inner beauty if you do not take care of yourself, so make both equal priorities. Give your workout more motivation by remembering what’s inside will shine brighter the better you feel!”

Isn’t it so true? The balance is quite perfect. When we are healthy and physically feel our best, the best qualities about our personalities are brighter than they would ever be otherwise.

It’s just one more reason to keep up your hard work but certainly is a reason with a much deeper meaning than the others.

Do you agree with Meredith’s sentiment? I know I do!

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