Faith is believing in the unseen until it can be seen or known. We are given faith by our birthright but living in our humanity, it can be hard at times to practice this, especially when it comes to valuing and accepting my body. I’ve always struggled with accepting my body and the current limitations of aging are no exception. But by faith, I’m surrendering to acceptance that I’m where I need to be, right now, exactly where I am. Whether I weigh more than I did six months ago, can’t do the yoga that I love due to a bad knee or am recovering from Covid and need to take it easy, I’m accepting I’m where I need to be today. Acceptance is a mindset.
The difference in my perspective comes from surrendering to divine truth through prayer. By the gift of grace and virtue planted in my soul, I can see the mystery of life. Appreciating the gifts I’ve been given and honoring them, rather than squandering them or making comparisons to the unrealistic benchmarks defined by our culture. Today, I bless my body and honor it for all the life it has carried me through. I’ll treat it lovingly with attention and compassion, noticing if there is disappointment or frustration I’m feeling toward someone. I’ll observe those feelings and let them go. Valuing myself enough to surrender to God’s love allows Him to carry the weight of the situation, sparing me from letting my ego take on the weight of the world. Living by faith in freedom and light, I gain the reward of a virtuous life. Accepting the reality that my mindset often leads me to purity of heart.
But without faith it is impossible to please him, for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.Hebrews 11:6
Thank you Lord for leading me to the virtue of temperance and moderating my thoughts to align with Yours.