Regardless of your religious background I think it's safe to say you have
heard the "M" word before...I am talking about MODESTY
Over the years Modesty has received a bad rep
because it has been perceived and presented as oppression or something
religion forces women to do.
THERE IS A
In today's society the more skin a woman
shows the more empowered she is. Nakedness is your confidence, control,
and right as a woman. It is sad to live in a time where people believe
this is true and expect women to live by it. Our society desires nakedness,
desires to feel sexy, and desires to be wanted.
Now, modesty is defined as a behavior,
manner, or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or
indecency. Basically the opposite of what society tells us.
NOW STICK WITH ME HERE...
I have a pair of shoes that I have been convicted
of wearing...now I know that sounds extreme, a pair of shoes, really!? BUT HEAR
ME OUT: what I am concerned about is the attitude that comes over me when I
wear them. They are my "sexy" shoes. They are not immodest by any
means...I mean come on, they are shoes! It is simply the motive I have when I
wear them. They change the way I feel, the way I see myself, and the way I
act around others. You may have this feeling with a certain song...it just
makes you feel good but for the wrong reasons. Being modest is not a list of
what to and not to do but simply an examination of the motive behind the
behavior, manner, or appearance.
If our motive is to please the Lord then everything we do should work
towards that goal. The music we listen to should be with the intent of pleasing
God. The clothes we wear should be with the desire to be a light for His Name.
Being modest is simply about having the right
motive and those can be found in Gods Word and through personal prayer. So when
we are getting ready in the morning think about the intention you have when
putting on a certain item...is it to draw attention to your chest...is it to
look "hot" or "sexy"? When watching a certain movie what is
our motive...to seek enjoyment of watching people do things we don't believe
in? To watch someone kill, lie, and have sex with no consequences?
What is our motive when we listen to a song about getting drunk and
partying the night away?
Every choice we make has a reason, intention, and motive. Motive is
actually defined as a reason for doing something, especially something
that is hidden or not obvious. People may not see your motives but God
always does. May the things we do, from the way we dress, the way we talk, and
the way we act, be done with a true desire to please Him.
The following video is very old & I am a little embarrassed but hey, I
was young and zealous in my convictions. I wanted to share it because it is
truly how I feel in regards to the way modesty is perceived...I am a little
harsh though so please excuse my naivety!