Okay, before every math teacher and science teacher in the world has a heart attack over the title, let me just say that some numbers do matter. Your numbers absolutely matter. The cost of a house or a car - those numbers matter. The numbers of your blood pressure matter, 220/100 is certainly not as good as 110/70!
Other numbers, like your age. . . that number doesn't matter. You are meant to make the most of every day here on earth. You are to do numerous good deeds throughout your life and not keep count of who appreciates it or even notices it. You are to be generous with gifts to those in need and not keep count of the thank you notes or words that you receive. Those numbers mean nothing. We do not know how long our lives are meant to be, but we should make the most of our days without counting them.
Another number that doesn't really matter is your weight. Who decided how much a pound actually is? Bet it was a guy. Men do not suffer over scales like women do. It is one of those things that men have over us. But think about it. Ages ago, some man decided that a pound would be equal to the weight of something like a specific rock. (By the way, my apology to science teachers, as I am making this up, but it sounds good to me). What if he had chosen something bigger to compare a pound to? I could weigh only 25 pounds under the right conditions! But really, is it the number that matters? Or is it more importantly, how you feel, how you look, your health and how you feel about how you look? Every person has an ideal weight. Mine is not the same as yours. Different people like people of a variety of sizes, whatever that is for each person. Be happy with you, not the number on the scale. Besides, in an obvious attempt to correct this problem, someone came up with kilograms which helps out a lot as each kilogram is 2.2 pounds. You just cut your weight in half without stepping on a scale!
Not long after someone came up with weight, someone came up with mass produced clothing that would require sizing to help us decide which item to select. Now, really? Take a look at the sizes offered. "0". How can you possibly be nothing, because that is what zero means. I spent years hating people who bragged about being a size 2. Then I had daughters who were a size 2. I guess it isn't right for me to hate them. We are also offered sizes in petite and women's. What does that mean? Is it just another ruse to make us feel better? Or does it just make us feel worse? Ladies we need to stop paying attention to these numbers!! They are worthless! Pay attention to clothing that flatters you and makes you feel beautiful. Do people greet you and pull the tag out of your shirt to see what size you wear? Of course not!
More importantly, we live in a society that has taught us that certain numbers like weight, measurements, clothing size make us good or bad people. We have to teach ourselves first and then our children that it is important to be healthy and comfortable with ourselves. No one can place numbers on how we look at ourselves. That comes from within. May God be with us all, in a very trying world. We need to focus on the person inside and what God wants us to be! Have a blessed week, and love yourself, and teach your children to love themselves.
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