well it's summer. i haven't forgotten about modesty, have you? i will admit, in the heat it's more tempting to let the shorts get shorter and the v necks get vee-er. but every time i think about why i want to wear something and it's to "show off" some body part, i remember that as believers we are called to live for the approval of christ, not the approval of others. not to mention, showing off (or pride) goes in direct opposition of the gospel which many of us so proudly proclaim with our mouths but then hide when it comes to our outfits. this verse comes to my head when i think about my closet.
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
i love this verse because it calls us to such a graceful humility in laying down rights. it mirrors what Jesus did for us. a man who could have showed off his power and greatness, yet laid down his rights for the sake of others. when we realize the gift we were given, we're much more able to give that same gift away. it sounds silly to correlate closets to the gospel, but the amazing thing about God's words are that they cut through every single area of our lives. big and small.
anyway, i am loving this article, specifically speaking to men, talking about their role in the whole modesty issue. it's really great. share it with your husbands and man-friends. ok and your gal pals. we both have to own this issue. when we stop thinking about modesty as just "her deal" or just "his deal", we can see how Christ asks us to live in community and with a unifying love for the Gospel... and in turn, we care for one another. even with our outfit choices.
when i was younger i would get in trouble for something i did wrong. in the middle of it i would say, BUT andrew did such and such! and my dad would say, this isn't about him, it's about you.
i think this is the same thing happening when we point fingers at the other sex trying to place blame. God will deal with them, but right now let's let Him deal with our own hearts. let's own our own sin in this deal.
ok and have you seen this video?!
it's worth your time. it's called the evolution of the swimsuit. there's some amazing scientific evidence in what goes on in a man's brain when he sees a woman in a bikini! kind of fascinating.
her swimsuit company is called rey swimwear and it really is adorable!
i am sporting a suit from modcloth this summer and will never turn back! it really is a nod to the 50's, my favorite era and super adorable and covering.
you can read more of my thoughts about modesty by clicking here.