Contemporary Christian singer Mandisa has struggled with being overweight all her life. That’s why the former American Idol contestant celebrated when she reached a personal goal of losing 100 pounds at the same time she was releasing her fourth album, What If We Were Real.
As Mandisa explained on Christopher Closeup, she included God in her weight-loss effort because she knew she had to rely on His power, not her own, to be successful.
She also revealed what she’s come to understand about body image in general. Mandisa said, “Women and girls…are subconsciously told that unless we measure up to those [models in] magazines, that we’re not beautiful. I very strongly disagree. God began showing me that…my identity doesn’t come from that reflection in the mirror, [but] it comes from what He lays out in Scripture…It talks about the unfading beauty that comes from the inside, a gentle and a quiet spirit which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
Nurture the unfading beauty inside you.
Let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. (1 Peter 3:4)
Help me reflect Your light and love, Messiah.