What the Scale Told Me About My Self Worth

“Step on the scale,” the nurse said cheerily. “Do I have to?” I silently protested on the inside. Bundled in necessary winter layers, I tried to tell myself whatever number came up was the result of my seasonal fashion choices. I knew better. I knew that the few recent days of an upset stomach coupled with only feeling like I could eat stomach-friendly carbs such as toast and pancakes would come with a price. It did. Up from where I’d been for quite a while, I was temporarily satisfied with my rationale… that was until the nurse said “look at that, you’re right were you were the last time you were here two years ago.” An internal monologue immediately ensued. Where I was two years ago? That isn’t where I wanted to be and isn’t where I’d been recently. But, was this the real me? It was at that moment in a chilly doctor’s office, waiting for a doctor that was running over an hour late that I had an epiphany. I think it will resonate with you too… My worth is not defined by the number on the scale. It may reflect where I was at a point in time, but it doesn’t define who I am, really. My worth isn’t defined by my zip code, my age, my job title, or my salary. My worth isn’t defined by the number of friends I have on Facebook, the number of likes on Instagram, or the number of shares my last post had. At this time of year, my value isn’t determined by the number of presents under my...

7 Great Ways to Live Lighter in the New Year

With the sound of New Year’s noise makers fading, it’s a natural time of year to make changes that can lead to a healthier, happier life. Many of us resolve to improve our physical health by eating right and exercising. However, we often forget that the worldly concerns and trials also weigh us down and drain us of energy.  So while committing to changes that impact our physical well-being, let’s look at what can have a similar impact on our spiritual lives. Here are seven ways you can live lighter in the New Year: 1. Develop a thankful heart. Finish each day by remembering at least one thing that you are thankful for.  Gratitude nourishes the soul with an important reminder of our blessings. 2. Keep a prayer journal. Track your prayer requests regularly.  Over time, it can be a blessing to read over previous needs that have become answered prayers. 3. Admit your problems and troubles to God and your trusted friends. Denying that a problem exists negates the need for a solution to that problem. Be courageous to identify what is distressing you so that it can be addressed and resolved. 4. Forgive those who have wronged you. Forgiveness releases the grip of anger and bitterness, yielding peace while enabling you to focus on the positive in life. 5. Stay connected to others. Problems can seem bigger in isolation.  Close relationships with friends and family fosters greater resilience and can draw us closer to God.  “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 6. Rely on God’s word and trust...