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Picture a young woman standing in front of the mirror, tears streaming down her face, ribs protruding, heaving with each weak breath. All she sees is a fat cow. She picks apart each imperfection, making a commitment to do whatever it takes to make each little pound of flesh melt away. She weighs 90 pounds, and to our eyes she couldnít possibly be any smaller, but she sees a different person in the mirror. She sees the girl that kids used to call chubby when she was little. She sees the child that went home crying, feeding her insecurities with food, hoping that eat bite would drowned out the hurtful voices.

Today, eating disorders have become alarmingly common. Polls taken have reported differing numbers, but at least 1 out of every 10 women will have experienced an eating disorder at some time in their lives, and some polls suggest that as many as 1 out of 4 will. This could be considered epidemic! What is even more disturbing is that starvation and binge eating are now considered a normal weight loss tactic to the young women of the world.

Our society has welcomed this mentality by defining beauty as a particular body type. What once was considered to be individuality is now considered imperfect. Young women are striving to look the way that they feel is necessary to be loved and desired. The world places a skinny woman on a pedestal, forcing all women to feel that they must live up to that standard, whatever it takes. It has become an obsession. The female desire to look like a lingerie model has made us jealous and unsatisfied. Our desperation to fit into a mold that society has provided has made a majority of us either conceited or insecure. Our appearance has become more important than the way that people view our actions and personalities. Being a Godly woman of character is now coming in second place, being over-ruled by the desire to be adored for physical beauty.

Romans 12:2- Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Donít get me wrong. I believe that it is Godís will for us all, whether man or woman to be in good health. Being overweight because over overeating is just as harmful to the body as starving yourself! I just donít understand how appearance became so important. What we as women must understand is that God created us all in perfect form. He made us in his image, and our desire to alter that in unhealthy ways is like telling him that his creation is not good enough. Your physical body shape does not define who you are. Whether you are tall, short, blonde, brunette, fair, or dark skinned, large, or small breasted- be satisfied with being the piece of art that God molded you into. Take care of what God blessed you with!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20- Or didn't you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.

Ultimately, we as women, have to get over our insecurities! We need to be confident that we are Godís little girls and that there is someone out there that sees you as God does- divinely beautiful. That is the man that will love you for who you are on the inside verses how perfect you think your body is or needs to be. He and God are the only ones that you need to impress. I challenge you today that if you are struggling with insecurities about your body, to set them at the feet of God. If you have taken these insecurities to the next level by developing an eating disorder, do not try to conquer this on your own. Ask for help! You are not alone in this. Girls all over the world are struggling just as you are, but just as many have conquered their fears! Just know that there is nothing wrong with you, other than the way that you view yourself. Dive into the Word of God, and realize that He has an amazing promise for your life, and it goes way beyond your physical appearance!

Morgan Pride - One Cubed Staff

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