And tree trunks is what they have been in my mind since that day.
For most of my life since then, I have spent a great deal of energy trying to hide my tree trunk legs. I also believe that feeling this way about my legs (and the rest of my imperfect body) contributed to my eating habits and reaching a body weight of 274 pounds. I believed, to the depth and core of my being, that I could never be pretty or look good...so why try?
Now, explain this: The other day, as I donned my bathing suit for another fun splash exercise session in the pool, I looked in the mirror and thought, "My legs look pretty good!" Keep in mind, their "tree-trunkness" hasn't really changed. Inches-wise, they haven't gotten that much smaller over the past year. So what's going on?
The only thing that makes sense to me is that these days I'm more concerned with being who God made me to be than with comparing myself to others. My legs haven't changed that much. If they are not the slim appendages that I might wish for, I can still be grateful that they are strong. I can thank God that I can walk, and maybe someday they will even take me on a run. I can be thankful that when I get on my knees to pray, my knees don't hurt!
I can't imagine anything more satisfying in this life than becoming the people God made us to be, to accomplish the things in life that He created us for!
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:20