8 Things I’d Rather Have Than A ‘Perfect’ Body

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Allegra Messina

1. A heart that is emphatic.

I desire to have a heart that loves my Lord so much that I naturally love His creation. I want to feel the pain of others, and work towards helping them in their time of need. For me, the ability to care and clothe myself with compassion sounds more appealing than a six-pack.

Romans 15:1 We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.

2. French fries.

Also add a side order of mozzarella sticks and a slice of cheese pizza. Life is too short man. Treat yo self from time-to-time.

“And on the eighth day God created french fries…” OKAY JOKING… but you get the point.

3. A mind that seeks growth.

I desire intelligence that knows there is always more to learn in this life. Each morning, I want to wake up smarter than the day before, because I allowed my mind to soak up each learning opportunity possible.

Luke 2: 52 “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”

4. Feet that go where the Lord tells me to go.

When we follow Christ, we dance with Him. He takes our hand and glides us to His purpose step-by-step. We follow His lead and His footwork. I desire feet that go where told in such a way that others watching can’t help but want to get on their feet and dance with Him as well.

Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”

5. Ambition that allows God to use me to change the world.

I want a drive to make the world better. I want to wake up each morning, watch the sunrise and think how can God use me to better this world today. I desire to use every breath to spread His name and desire to feel eager about His purpose for me.

Colossians 1:29 “For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.”

6. Friendships that make me laugh, push me, and be the person God intended me to be.

I desire to spend time with a community that points me to Christ. The other day, even though I worked out everyday of the week, I almost skipped out on an opportunity to watch my school’s basketball team (who are pretty dang good) with a friend of mine so I could workout. What the heck Grace…I get it working out is important…but cherish the moments you get to hangout with good friends who love you and the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 4:10 “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”

7. A light in my heart that shines for the Lord so bright, the everyone who knows me knows the Lord.

I don’t want anyone to leave my presence without feeling the Lord. I desire for my actions to show Christ each morning and that everyone who meets me sees the Lord in a new way. I know I will mess up. I know I will fail. But I want to strive to be someone who brings light in a dark world.

Matthew 5:16 “So let your light shine before men so that they may see your good deeds, and praise your Father in heaven.”

8. A legacy of faith, love and discipleship.

I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, when you die you will not see “here lies Grace who once has a six-pack.” You will not see “at age 20 Ashley squatted a lot and had a great butt.” Your dress size and weight will not be on your grave. However, there is a dash on your grave and that is important. This dash separates the day you were born and the day you faced your Maker. Did you use your dash to love God and love others? Or were you more focused about looking good for spring break? For me I know what legacy I desire for my dash to hold… do you? TC mark

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