Monday, March 3, 2014

Be Different than the Norm!

Ladies, if there is anything we can learn from the Word of God, it's that true beauty is found within. All to often we compare ourselves and envy women who we see as prettier, smarter, more put together, etc. But the truth is, that prettier, smarter, more put together woman, could be an absolute disaster on the inside. She could have a heart of stone, yet is able to portray a false outward appearance. She could be the most broken woman, but hides behind her physical appearance, success, or earthly possessions.

We have all known women that we believed had it all together, until we really got to know them. Their actions and speech revealed something quite different.  We have also know some very beautiful women who had worldly hearts, and we have all known woman whose love for Jesus makes them radiate with indescribable beauty.

As women, who claim to be "true" followers of Christ, let's not pretend to be more than what we really are, sinners saved by grace, daily in need of Jesus.

Let's be women who are found beautiful inside because of the love of Jesus in us, not the love of the world and physical appearance.

Wouldn't you rather be known as the woman who reflected Christ, loved others, was real and honest, rather than a woman who reflected the world, was fake, broken, and pretended to be someone God never intended her to be in the first place.

Ladies, God has entrusted us with the opportunity to set a Godly example for young women. Don't lead them astray, or lead them to believe their physical appearance is greater than their heart for God. Tell them, that though this has become the norm for women today, for those in Christ, its not the norm. Encourage them to have a relationship with Christ. Encourage them to clothe themselves in His Word, His truths, His promises, for then they will truly be clothed in beauty.

Let's be women who encourage and build one another up, who challenge one another to be all they can be for Christ, and who hold one another accountable because of our desire to honor and please the Lord.

If you find yourself constantly comparing, constantly feeling insecure, constantly striving to look pretty outwardly rather than inwardly, constantly finding yourself jealous of others. Run to God's Word and let Him remind you who you are in Him. Let Him wrap His truths and promises around you and let Him remind you it's about what He thinks, not what another man or woman thinks.  Stop letting Satan convince you and fill you with lies.

The more you know Christ, the more you will desire to please Him, to be your best for Him, to honor Him and serve Him. The more your relationship with Christ grows, the less it will be about you and the more it will be about Him.

Who are you investing more in, Christ or yourself? Who are you trying to impress, Christ or man? Who are you comparing yourself to, Christ or others? What are you trying to fill your emptiness and void with, Christ or the world? Let these questions help guide you daily as you do all that you do.

Ladies, be the woman that stands apart from the rest. Be the woman that allows Christ to be seen. Be the woman that clothes herself with the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. Be the woman that exudes honesty, humbleness, and selflessness.

Be the one that lives out, believes, and clings to the promises of God. Be different than the norm! 

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands." 1 Peter 3:3-5