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Me, me, me!

You’ve spent the evening with a friend, and they’ve talked the whole time about themselves. Then right at the end, you think they’re switching gears as they pause for a deep breath and they say, “OK, enough of me talking about me. Now you can talk about me for a change!”

OK, well, maybe it’s not often that blatant, but you get the picture. Too often it’s all about me, me, me. That could be any baby’s theme song, as they cry for a drink, for food, for clothing, for attention. But as we grow from babies to adults, the challenge is to put away childish things and stop being pre-occupied 24-7 with ourselves.

Jesus wants us to love our neighbour as ourselves. This week I’m going to be talking about how our bodies help us, and hinder us, in the big quest to get out of our skin and into someone else’s. This has something to do with love, and it has something to do with commitment. It has something to do with sex, and it has to do with sexuality. It has everything to do with our bodies. I only have twenty minutes to talk about this! Yikes! I’ll see what I can do! Your prayers are always needed!

In the last couple of weeks in our worship we’ve talked about body image and basic bodily needs, and how we’re tempted to worship false gods. I’m going to be posting those sermons on the website, in case you missed one.

In the meantime, try and think about the most selfless experiences you have ever had. Moments where you cared more for someone else and their well-being, than for your own. These are intimate moments, moments where we’ve somehow transcended the me-me-me . These moments always involve our bodies. Think about that.

This week’s prayer: Lord, help me to see you, and to see the us that you see when you see me and them!

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Happy in your own skin?

Are you happy in your own skin? Do you love your body? If you are like most people, there are parts of your body that you like, parts you tolerate and parts you would change if you could. How we feel about our bodies is shaped by culture, and our culture has a lot to say about what our bodies should look like.

This past week every time I turn on the TV or open a newspaper there is an article about Michael Jackson. Reporters speculate on the number of plastic surgeries he had on his face as he pursued his perfect body image, and they show picture after picture to document the changes over the years.

What strikes me in reading this, is not how weird Michael Jackson was, but how much his life reflects our society. When I was a teenager, make-up, hair colour and dieting products were advertised, and that is still the case. But look in the newspaper now, and you always see ads for plastic surgery. Tummy tucks, chin lifts, botox treatments, these are all household words now. Surgery is just one more option to achieve that perfect look. Our culture encourages us (especially women) to make huge sacrifices to look a certain way…whether it’s getting that super expensive skin cream or a better, more attractive nose.

I think as followers of Jesus in this culture, we have to continually remind ourselves that our loyalty is to a different culture. We want our body image to be shaped by our faith in a God who created us beautiful. God came up with the idea of creatures who change from beautiful smooth-skinned babies, to beautiful wrinkled old people. God created us with big noses and little noses, straight noses and crooked noses.

In our July worship services, I’ll be preaching about our bodies. What scripture texts do you think I’ll be using? In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for ads…what are they saying about how you look? See if you can find an ad that says, “Your body is beautiful the way it is—don’t change anything.”

This week’s prayer:  Thank you God for bodies! Thank you for my body! Help me take off the glasses that the world gives me—glasses that make me see people as ugly or beautiful. I want to see with the eyes of Jesus, I want to see beauty in every face I meet this week.

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