College Gals, Your Identity is Not Your Weight

I need to loose weight. I ate bad that day. I wish I looked like her. If I looked like her, I’d be happy. These are all comments that we might hear as a college student, or anywhere for that matter. However, I want to make it clear right now that these statements are FALSE. Golden gals, your identity is not in your weight.

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When we first get to college we are often bombarded with the notion that we need to first and foremost watch our weight. Oh ya and succeed in school, nail down a bomb internship, and call our family regularly. Say what?? That’s a lot for anyone to take on, let alone a newly independent, uncertain teenager. That is a lot of pressure. But, you don’t have to carry it.

Pause. Take a deep breath.

You are enough.

Yes, you.

No, you are not an exception. YOU are ENOUGH.

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So much of my college experience was spent trying seek “enough-ness”. What if I had spent more of that time embracing who I was, looking to Jesus for my strength in the midst of my weakness, being vulnerable with loved ones when I was really struggling in my thoughts, and seeking to stop striving to be “enough”. Because I will never reach that “enough” point…and you won’t either. It’s impossible.

I want you to know that you are loved despite your weight. You know what your weight is? It’s literally just the force of gravity pulling you toward the earth. That’s it. A formula basically.

Your weight does not define you.

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A wise man named Rocky Garza said this, “You are extraordinarily unique and there is no one like you.”

God placed you on this earth, at this time, in this very location for a REASON. You have purpose. You have purpose that transcends the number on the scale, the size of your pants, the way your stomach looks in YOUR eyes, the amount of food you ate, or the feelings you feel toward your body. Golden gal, you are just that…golden! You sparkle. Could you imagine if the stars didn’t shine?

Shine, darling. The world is waiting to see.


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