We are privileged to hear part of Christian Williams’ story for TODAY’s #fridayintroductions . Welcome to a beautiful read.💕

“I have spent much of my life in love with my personality but wishing I looked like someone else. I often felt that no matter how smart, how funny, how talented, how free-spirited I was, it all paled in comparison to what I looked like.
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Instead of a temple of the Holy Spirit, my body seemed to me earthbound and burdensome. I so longed to look like someone else that my relationship became one of a passive-aggressive acceptance coupled with bouts of extreme asceticism, rife with constant criticism, and behaviors that were incredibly self-destructive.
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Even after I became a believer, my relationship with my body was so full of trauma and negative perceptions and, even worse, this had become so normative to me that I had no idea that my relationship with my body was a dangerous one.
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Then one marvelous day, I was reading Scripture, this passage in 1 Samuel actually, and realized I hated my body. And my hate for my body was affecting the state of my heart. In my heart was a lot of self-loathing, envy, dishonesty, bitterness, and unforgiveness.
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The Lord indeed saw my heart and what was there wasn’t as pretty as I thought. I had to learn, all over again, that humankind is made in the image of God, beautifully and wonderfully made, crafted by our Creator in the womb, and that as a believer my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
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And in the end of it all, it is this body that will be gloriously resurrected. The Lord’s work in my heart drastically shifted the way I think about my body.
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My body is mine.
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But it is also the Lord’s.
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And I should love it as such.”