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When I was in high school, I didn’t date. The main reason was because there weren’t many guys I was interested in. I wasn’t the kind of girl to rush into any guy who showed interest in me. I saw so many girls who were so desperate for someone to love them that they got themselves into bad situations.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
With the weather warming up down here in Southeast Georgia, immodest clothing is starting to come out from the shadows. I go out, and I’m saddened and shocked by what I see some girls wearing. Sometimes I wonder what they’re thinking and why they think dressing in that way is a good idea.
To me, dressing immodestly is non-sensical. So, here’s my top five reasons of why I choose to dress modestly.
5. It is more comfortable. The funny thing is, when I see girls and women dressing immodestly, it confuses me. You watch them for a little while and they’re squirming, constantly pulling and tugging and adjusting their clothing. It’s rather amusing because the tugging and pulling really doesn’t make much of a difference in how much is exposed. It also looks as if their bodies are being strangled most of the time. That can’t be comfortable. It seems silly to torture yourself by choice in this way.
4. It decreases your chances of having embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions. I will sometimes get on a news site and they’re all going on in a tizzy over a wardrobe malfunction from a celebrity at an event. Then, when you view the photos of the outfit, what’s the one thing the vast majority of them have in common? They were all immodest. When things hang open, or stretch too much in some places, you shouldn’t be shocked if you suddenly find yourself displaying even more than what you originally intended.
3. It’s empowering. Contrary to popular belief, dressing modestly is more empowering than the opposite way of dressing. It’s empowering because by dressing modestly, you have much more control over how others think about and perceive you. Dressing modestly also displays that you demand respect from guys in a humble way. You don’t need to constantly get angry at them or verbally demand their respect. When interacting with guys, it helps them have more focus on you and what you’re saying rather than your body. If you don’t want them to touch it or look at it, don’t show it.
2. It shows others what you believe and stand for. If you see a girl dressing immodestly, what’s your first thought? It’s definitely not, “Oh, she must be a Christian.” If a person you know is completely shocked to find out that you’re a Christian, that’s a problem. Don’t let the way you dress inhibit others seeing God inside of you.
And most importantly….
1. God commands it. With any command God gives us, I believe that there is a completely logical explanation for it, as I explained above. He loves us and wants us to have the best lives here as possible before we go to heaven. We need to trust Him and know that by doing the things He wants us to do, it’s going to make our lives exponentially better. Dressing modestly is no exception. If you want someone to see you a certain way, then dress like it.
Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
God always knows better than we do-don’t let that belief slide in the way you dress.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Okay…I understand that. Nobody wants to be stepped on like a doormat. I don’t particularly like it either. It’s just that, in my mind, I don’t see the point of retaliating and holding grudges. I never have. When I see people who do that, I feel bad for them because I just can’t imagine how miserable their lives must be.
Being vengeful and hateful is a waste of valuable time. These people go through life everyday thinking of how awful and horrible a person is because of something they did. You’re constantly thinking of ways to get them back and to hurt them. You’re constantly stuck in a state of sadness and anger because of those people.
You hurt them, they hurt you back. There’s always something to be angry about. Then, you base your self-worth and quality of life based on that person.
God calls us to love, and to be peacemakers (Matt. 5:9). He calls us to not be vengeful and hateful (Hebrews 10:30, Romans 12:19, 1st John 4:20). Just think about how much simpler and easier people’s lives would be if they just let things go and move on. Sure, there are things that are going to hurt us sometimes when we think about it. However, these things can destroy the rest of our life only if we allow them to do so.
If forgiveness is an issue for you, God can help you forgive. The biggest way to take that first step into forgiveness is to do something nice for the person that hurt you. To the rest of the world, it seems silly to do kindness to those who “persecute you and say all kinds of evil and lies against you” (Matthew 5:11). It’s not easy to love sometimes, but it’s always worth it.
If I had gone up and smacked that girl for bumping into me like she did, where would that have gotten me? Well, I would have ended up in the principal’s office for one thing. Secondly, I would have been suspended. Third, I would have most likely been grounded.
And the worst part would have been that my influence for Christ would have been damaged. In school, I wanted them to see me as a follower of Christ. Jesus was humble, kind, and gentle. I wanted to be the same way. In a school where it was common to retaliate when someone hurt you, I wanted to be one of the ones who said no hate and vengeance.
What about us? Are you using the love of God towards others? Or are you going to allow your life to be over-run with hatred and anger? Life is too short to allow those things to ruin our lives.
Monday, January 9, 2012
Last year, I’m sure many of us remember the huge elaborate wedding put on by Kim Kardashian-only to be divorced 72 days later. This woman and her sisters have made their mark, for sure. They have their own hit reality show, clothing line, and who knows what else. What did they do to get so much success? Kim Kardashian had sex with someone…that’s how. A sex tape of her and some other guy leaked out, and, BOOM! She’s famous.
Add in the fact that she’s physically very beautiful, she has made quite the impact. But, it doesn’t appear to go any further than that. I’ve never watched her show, but, I hear what others have said that she and her sisters don’t possess many good morals.
They all have very dirty mouths, dress immodestly, and put way too much emphasis on how rich and physically beautiful they are. At this, millions of people tune in to watch their show. Shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and Jersey Shore attract lots viewers for many reasons. For one thing, they show lives that appear to be “better” and more “lively” than theirs. The people are depicted as living the high life-expensive clothes, going clubbing every night, and having the best looking boyfriend or girlfriend, and driving either a brand new Jaguar or BMW.
While this is called “reality” TV, I don’t really see much realistic about it. Most people don’t actually live like that-and I feel like a lot of people watch these shows dreaming and wishing they’re lives could be more like that. So many people probably wish they were the one with the hourglass curves, perfect hair, millions of dollars at their disposal...etc.
Lots of girls look up to these women in the entertainment industry. They see these women and probably lose their sense of self longing for something that will probably never be attainable or fulfilling to their lives. The shows lie. All of these things are not going to give a fulfilling or happy life.
In the end, things like this are not going to matter. When I was in high school, I read a play called Every Man. This man (named Every Man) was visited by death who told him that it was time to say goodbye and go to his grave. He was terrified and tried to find anyone he could to come with him (“Beauty”, “Riches”…etc). However, the only ones that would walk with him were “Knowledge” and “Good Deeds”. When Every Man was at his grave, Knowledge left him, and he was left with Good Deeds. Every Man and Good Deeds then walked hand in hand into the grave to meet God.
You see the point? All of those things don’t really matter. The only way to truly find peace is to fall into the arms of God and devote your entire life to Him. There, and only there, can you find true contentment and peace (Psalm 23:1, Hebrews 13:5). Only there can you find true value, beauty, and worth (Proverbs 31:30).
At the end of your life, and when eternity starts, what will you take with you? Only the choices you've made. Everyone will stand before God-even the Kardashian girls and all the other celebrities who seem powerful and untouchable (Rev. 20:12). Who will you choose? The physical things of this life, or the God who knows you better than anyone and loves you?
Sunday, January 8, 2012
As human beings, we oftentimes get so focused into our goals and what we want in our lives that everything else starts to pass us by. Sometimes, we want to try and take so much control and neglect important aspects of our lives; especially our spiritual lives.
As Christians, we need to take time to just stop, and let go. There are some things that so many of us try too hard on, and obsess over. Some of these things include getting that job we would prefer over another, the ideal Christian mate, issues with family, etc.
In life, it may often seem like we are hanging on for dear life on the edge of a cliff. We’re dangling, terrified, and scared. Yet, we have a harness (God) and bungee cord (His word) connected to us. Don’t we often make things more difficult than it has to be? The answer is actually quite simple: let go of that cliff, and put your life completely in God’s hands.
Yes, we’re going to bounce up and down, and be shaken around. At times, it’s going to be terrifying. We may even break down and cry. 1st Corinthians 4:8-9 says: “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed…”
Things will start to slow down, and even out. Then, soon, you’ll find yourself standing on solid ground once more-all because you made that decision to let go and let God do as He wills. We need to trust God our harness, and the word of God, our bungee cord. Doing God’s will may lead us into difficult times, but, in the end it’s always worth it. In Matthew chapter 6, Jesus talks of things we as people need. He says, “…your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” (32)
He hears us in our troubled times, and knows what we need; and, as hard as it is, we should do our best not to worry. Then, in verse 33, He continues: “But seek first the kingdom of God, and all of these things will be given you.”
He may not give us the particular job we want. We may not even get that Christian mate right away. But, God knows best. We just need to focus our energy to falling deeper in love with Him. He will take care of us. We need to make sure that we don’t allow ourselves to interfere with His plans for us. We can do this by trusting Him in all things-and striving to better ourselves as people.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare, and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
“And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
So…are you going to take the plunge this year?