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The Demise of the Scale

by | May 18, 2019 | Freedom, You Are enough

I’ve officially been living my new apartment three months now. I’ve purchased pretty much everything I need, but there is one thing I haven’t bought that nearly every home has: a bathroom scale.

I’ve thought about it. I’ve wondered. ”What number would show? Where am I at?” But after some thought, I’ve made the decision not to buy one — not ever. Why?

Because numbers don’t matter. A number doesn’t tell you how healthy you are, or how pretty you are, or how much you are worth. A number is just a number. And what may be a “high” number for one person, is a perfect number for another. We all have different shapes and sizes and there are a lot of different definitions of health and beauty.

I want to measure my health by how much energy I have and how well I nourish my body. I want to measure my beauty by how many people I can make smile throughout my day by showing them a bit of kindness. I want to measure my worth and value by what Jesus thinks of me.

These are the things that matter; not some random number displayed on a piece of metal or plastic.
And so, here’s to the demise of the scale. I have a feeling I’ll be much happier without it. ?



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About the Author

Emily Elizabeth Anderson is a Christian blogger and rising activist for people who have experienced abuse within a Christian environment.

After growing up in a fundamentalist cult for 23 years and experiencing childhood domestic violence, Emily began her journey to recovery in 2015 and eventually found Jesus to be her ultimate healer. She soon turned her passion for writing into a blog and her story has since been featured on several media outlets including NPR.

She married her best friend, Joshua, in 2020 and together they are passionate about educating on the realities of trauma survival and recovery, as well as supporting survivors they meet through their online community.

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