Yesterday I went out for some much needed grocery shopping (and vitamin D while driving under the scorching sun after being cooped up in the house all the time) and something kind of unusual stuck out to me. I actually noticed the magazines stacked up at the cashier register as the mesmerizing covers featuring models and fitness gurus began to draw my eyes in. Usually I see the magazines up at the front and don’t even care to pick one up, but yesterday I found myself somewhat tempted to flip through the different fitness magazines. I have to admit, I flipped through one of them to see their Ab exercises and quickly regretted my decision.
Growing up I always told myself that I wouldn’t purchase a single magazine unless it was intended for a school project of some sort. Why the extreme measures, you ask?
I think the cover of Jillian Michaels says it all! I don’t condemn anybody who reads magazines nor do I look down upon them because let’s face it, I’m sure there are plenty of interesting tips and advice one could glean from a single issue. Furthermore, some women (and men) have more willpower and strength in areas that others don’t. If you are one of those individuals who can withstand the temptations that the media brings about, then definitely, more power to you and great job for that beautiful confidence! However, I know myself and realize just how wrapped up I can become in idolizing images that aren’t even 100% real. After all, we all know that this industry is notorious for photo shopping their subject matter as if the men and women being featured aren’t beautiful enough already.
I also think that we all have to agree that magazines are especially cruel when it comes to picking on celebrities. Now, I don’t know anything about Kim Kardashian or her family, but it made me extremely sad to see the above picture featuring a “mommy showdown”. And that’s between two blood related siblings, no less! It is already difficult to live in a society that values comparison so much, and I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for these poor women being torn down just for publicity’s sake.
The point I am trying to make is that we all need to know our limits when it comes to our weaknesses. I, for one, know that God has convicted me to keep my eyes as pure as possible in this regard. And that’s not because of legalism or because He likes to tell me the thou shalls and thou shall nots, but simply because He cares for my physical and emotional well-being.
My question now is…Do you know your limits? Do you know your own weaknesses and what is beneficial for you and what is not? If you don’t, may I suggest that you honestly reflect on that and come to terms with it?
Now please! Don’t go to the store and buy the mommy showdown magazine, haha. But I would like to encourage all of us, male or female, to take a moment and do some soul searching and see if we need healing. Even if we are healed individuals, it never hurts to keep ourselves in check. There is just too much freedom in staying off the path of temptation and take the higher road.