Last night Rachel and I headed over the border for some clothes shopping for her. We had such a great time talking and looking for things for her to try on. We did really well with finding things for her, but it does take some time to sort through all the options. One area we did not do well in was looking for shorts. The shorts we did see were ridiculously short – as in Daisy Duke short.
We went to a lot of different stores, hopeful each time we entered. There's just so much wading to do through a sea of inappopriate, immodest or just downright unattractive apparel. Sometimes things looked great on the hanger and not so great on Rachel and other times, it was the opposite. Put the right pieces together and they looked fantastic.
Rachel and Ben and I have been getting more involved with Skit Planet. Right now, they are writing and filming segments for an upcoming DVD series for teen girls called Girl Reflected: Seeing yourself through God's eyes (watch the intro but you can't order anything yet – still in the works!) It's an amazing opportunity for Rachel as she will be a big part of this – covering topics such as Beauty, Forgiveness, Modesty/Purity, Gossip, Guys, etc. The series will come complete with Study Guide questions for youth leaders or parents. I'm so excited that we get to be a part of this!
I got to thinking last night that if you shop around, eventually you can just pay some money and look great. It takes work to find just the right items, but it's a fairly easy thing to do if you have the time and funds.
Because of this DVD series and being involved in the writing, my mind wandered to the fact that developing godly character (or how we dress our hearts) should really not be a hard thing. It should be easy. After all, we don't have to shop around at all and we don't have to pay anything. We just open up the mirror of God's Word, see our reflection and what changes need to be made, and we change, right? It really should be that simple. But it just seems like so much work! We are looking for the simple solutions – the ones where we just slap some money down on the counter and we are done.
Or maybe sometimes we know that what we see in the Bible is the "practical thing to wear" but we feel drawn to something else that is "brighter" or will make us "sexier". We might look into God's Word and say, " Oh I'm not wearing that old thing". Our eyes and hearts may be drawn away from the godly characteristics in order to be popular with friends or even people we don't know.
I am all for looking great on the outside. And I totally get that Christian girls are as concerned about their appearances as anyone. There's nothing wrong with that at all. God made us with a desire to be beautiful. But let's encourage all of our kids to reflect Christ and to put the utmost importance on how they care for their hearts first. Let's also do the same. Then we will be like Esther, the winner of the biggest beauty pageant of all time. Beautiful on the outside and gorgeous on the inside as well!