Thoughts are brewing as we’re studying the book of Hebrews. A book who’s writer is unknown, was written before the destruction of Jerusalem (in A.D. 70), and is written to Jewish Christians.
The verse that recently hit me so hard it compelled me to write a blog on it (after being absent from writing for over a month…) is Hebrews 2:1.
“We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”
Let me go on a tangent that will eventually connect with this verse:
What I’ve been struggling with for the last few weeks is physical beauty and how I fit into that label.
For us ladies, physical beauty is a daily concern, whether it be our chest, butt, legs, thighs, our hair, our face, smile, facial expressions, the way we chew food, our skin, eyes, even our fingers or nails.
Everything can strike up a moment of self consciousness.
Its easy enough for me to encourage another lady with her specific beauty, but you ask me to look over myself with the same perspective and its impossible for me to convince myself of the truth.
The truth is, I want to SEE physical beauty and not work towards it, cause lets face it… I’d rather be cooking, crafting, or reading rather than working out. I love biking and walking, but when it comes down to it, that’s not gonna get me the truth that I want to see.
Hearing the truth that ‘You are beautiful, because I love who you are. It doesn’t matter what your body says, your soul doesn’t change,” doesn’t make me visually see myself as ‘ideal’.
The media says that “ideal” is flat, tan, toned, and smooth. That’s my ideal for my body too. Sometimes I love my body, but lately not so much.
Then we read this Hebrews passage in church on Sunday and the Spirit just reminded me to, “pay more careful attention to what I’ve heard, so that I don’t drift away.”
- What have I heard; that I have been healed from terrible skin conditions that caused me to not serve the Lord with my hands. My heart was scarred (and still is) by the thought of never having skin good enough to be beautiful. I was chronically fatigued due to my body’s suffering internally and my immune system fighting off what was being let in by my cracking skin externally. I was depressed.
I HAVE BEEN HEALED.
- How I’ve drifted; I’m spiritually poor. My lack of digging into the word, and having connection with my Lord has allowed my thoughts and heart to wander.
I AM SPIRITUALLY POOR.
- Whenever thoughts of ‘not good enough’ ‘not pretty enough’ ‘not muscular enough’ or ‘not elegant enough’ step in to play, it usually means that the spiritual definition of beauty has gone away because spiritual disconnect has occurred.
I AM DISCONNECTED
- How do I fix this? Well, recognizing disconnect is probably the first step to spiritual healing. Because you must PAY ATTENTION.
God healed me. He led me to the resources to figure out the cause of my atopic dermatitis and now, I believe, He gifted me that pain to enter into a field of healing others.
PAY ATTENTION: DON’T FORGET WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD, BEEN SAVED BY, OR RESCUED FROM. DO NOT DRIFT AWAY, BUT REMIND YOURSELF OF WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER OTHERS, BECAUSE THE FACT IS: LIFE ISN’T ABOUT YOU.
Hebrews 2:18 “Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”
Your circumstances are given to you to help others through theirs.