Everything

Day 14 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: One thing you love about your body.

Answer: My initial reaction to this prompt? I love my eyeballs because they are capable of rolling in my head. I know I’m not alone in this, but a healthy body image has never really been my strong suit.

But then I had to remind myself — my body is so more than what it looks like. My body is what I can do with it.

My body is healthy. My legs can walk — run, even. My arms can hug people. My mind can think, it can help me bake, it can do work. My feet can take me places and my eyes can scope out goofy photographs with my feet. I can savor good food, listen to music, read a good book, feel my dogs silky ears, love people. So what is one thing I love about my body? Everything.

Not every body is that fortunate.

As I think about friends and loved ones who have experienced illness – including my own children, I’m reminded of Psalm 139:14:

“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.”

Have you ever really thought about how your body works and how flawless it is — and how just one variable that fails to deliver on its purpose or function can upset every system it interacts with? It is nothing short of miraculous.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

I love my body and will never take for granted all that it is able to do.

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