I follow a blog called Prior Fat Girl and one of the contributors is doing a project called Sweat is Beautiful. She asked people to send in pictures of themselves after a workout, so I did. I even told her that sweat is ageless too and that I'm almost 42. Imagine! Here's the picture:
Now, I'm not going to send this picture to a modeling agency, even a plus-size one! But the fact that I took a picture of myself looking like this and posted it for all of cyberspace to see is testimony to how far God has brought me. If this was just a random picture, I would've deleted it from my camera, but there is a purpose for it. Sweat isn't beautiful in the Hollywood sense but I'm moving my body and disciplining it like in 1 Corinthians 9:27. "I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should."
That verse and the one before it in The Message read like this: "I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself."
So if disciplining my body produces sweat and flushing, so be it. I'm okay with that. :-)