The scale. Spring scales measure weight, which is a force, by balancing the force due to gravity against the force on a spring. Thanks Wikipedia, but let me tell you what a scale really is… it’s a box of display for a series of numbers incapable of measuring worth, but completely capable of packing “a force.” When this display balances numbers, it doesn’t take into consideration the hours you’ve worked or the household you’ve managed; Your kids and husband or your thyroid disorder. It doesn’t measure your heart or your feelings, and it certainly doesn’t subtract the things that you’ve poured out of yourself for the benefit of others- things like kind words of encouragement or the smiles that could easily have been replaced with tears. It’s defeating. For the one thing it does measure, there are a million things it doesn’t so WHY do we get so discouraged over the worth of a number a box produces that doesn’t take them time to evaluate ALL of us, but rather just one portion. An insignificant portion. Y’all, I am 5’10. I weigh 143lbs and I’ve had possibly five bathtub break downs JUST THIS WEEK…and it’s only Wednesday.. do that math. WHY. Why are we jealous of 115lbs, of perfect messy hair, and the impressively unscary no-make up faces? We are in a constant battle of comparison and for what?
Y’all, every hair on our heads are counted. (Matthew 10:30) Really think about that, every strand meticulously constructed and counted. He crafted each of us as INDIVIDUALS, making no two the same. Fearfully and wonderfully made? What is so hard about being our own design of wonderful? “God not only loves you so much but also has put his hand in you for something special” 1 thessionalians 1:4 His hands on you. On me. For something special, something different than you or “her.” Let’s go ahead and be what we are created to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other or trying to be something we aren’t” Romans 12:6. DIFFERENT gifts. We are all different people. That difference isn’t measure by a box on the floor, girls. The lord does not look at the things people look at, people look at outward appearance but the lord looks at the heart. 1st Samuel 16:7. The heart. Yes I’m sure that piece of meat is measured in with that floor number but it’s substance isn’t. Your beauty should not come for outward adornment, such as fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes. Rather it should come from your INNER self, the UNFADING beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of GREAT worth in God’s sight. 1 peter 3:3-4. Not from the outside, but the inside. I cried in the bath tab because of my weight and my imperfections, but then I smiled over my bible. Y’all… don’t get fixed on the scale. Real beauty isn’t something you wear, – it’s something you are. Focus less on the scale, and more on the heart. I know a lot of pretty faces with nasty souls. Embrace it.