Two Truths about Your Worth

When I was asked to write about confidence and self-image, I couldn’t help but feel like the worst person to do that.

I am not confident by any means, I can be and am deeply insecure about everything about myself.

It’s been a struggle and something that I am also still working on, so I get it.

It doesn’t matter how many times you are told you’re pretty, you’re still not going to believe it at the end of the day. 

It doesn’t matter how much you diet and workout, you’re still going to look in the mirror and think fat

It doesn’t matter how many friends you make or how many guys ask you out, you’re still going to feel unlikable. 

I’ll tell you a secret now:

All the makeup, plastic surgery, money, and anything else that this world tells you that will make you happy and secure, won’t. 

Why is that?
Because we are searching for our worth in all the wrong places. 

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Here are two truths I think we all need to tell ourselves every day:

 

1. God defines my worth

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.”-Psalm 139:13-15

God defines your worth, not a significant other, not a number of likes, friends, or how many compliments you do or don’t get. God created you fearfully and wonderfully, His works are marvelous, and so are you. 

2. I am created for God’s glory

Our purpose is to ultimately bring glory to God.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”-Ephesians 2:10

We don’t exist to be good looking, popular, athletic, or top of our class, not that there’s anything wrong with any of these things, but they’re not the point.

They aren’t eternal. 

Your value doesn’t decrease because the world and people of it cannot see your worth in Christ.

“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”-Luke 12:6-7

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You are worth so much more than this world will ever tell you, so don’t listen to it, listen to the truth found in God’s word.

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.”-Proverbs 31:30

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Modesty: The Definition and Those That Ignore It

Modesty.

Even the word used to make me feel immediately defensive when I was younger.

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Modesty.

That word with that vague meaning that snobby, stuffy people dressed as pilgrims used to make themselves feel superior to everyone else. <—–My old definition.

At the ripe old age of thirteen, I was up in arms about it. My family and I use to dress more conservatively, but I remember the day when I realized that my knee-length khaki shorts weren’t “trendy”.

The memory I have vividly is going to the fair and seeing all the other girls wearing makeup and short shorts and feeling so plain and out of place.

I started pushing for shorter shorts, shorter dresses, lower cut shirts after that, my parents didn’t like it but they realized that they wouldn’t always be able to control me and feared me going all out when I was eighteen if they tried to repress me.

My mom never approved and it was obvious, but the people at our denominational congregation at the time wore short shorts and low cut shirts, so we had a lot of confusion on the matter.

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So why did I change (literally)?

That is the question most people ask.

When I was baptized, and when I realized that I had been wrong about my previous views, I finally accepted that I needed to know what the Bible really said on topics so I could obey fully and correctly.

In the denominational world, modesty was never fully explained to me, it was vague.

It was “be modest”.

It was the moms telling the girls to wear t-shirts to a pool party while the boys were allowed to be shirtless.

It was never the greek words.

It was never looking back at the old definition for modesty and seeing that it hadn’t changed.

I was taught that modesty was more of a conviction matter. If those shorts don’t bother you, wear them, etc. But I have been learning that’s not what the Bible says at all.

I’ve heard people complain that modesty isn’t a black and white subject, but it is.
Modesty can be added to based on culture (In some countries wearing something shorter than your ankle isn’t ok, so as Christians, we wouldn’t go be immodest in their culture), but it can’t be decreased from what the Bible says.

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What does the Bible say? 


A popular and often used verse is 1 Timothy 2:9:

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”

  • Shamefacedness: a face that can blush, immodesty, or being immodest should shock you.

 

  • Sobriety: Control, clear judgment.

 

  • Broided hair: oftentimes women would braid gold into their hair to show off their wealth, other times they wore gold to advertise that they were selling their bodies.

 

All in all, this verse seems pretty vague on the standard of modesty, right?

 

That’s because modesty had already been defined in the old testament, the people hearing this didn’t need a definition for modesty, they already had one.

Gen 3:7 tells us about Adam and Eve realized that they were naked, thus they made “aprons” for themselves.

  • Chagowr means a loin covering, basically, they covered their private parts.

In verses 9-10, Adam and Eve knew that they were still naked and hid from the Lord.
In verse 21, the Lord made them coats and clothed them.

  • Kethoneth, a tunic, a coat that covered from the shoulders to the knees.

In Isa 47:2, it talks about bringing shame by “making bare the leg, uncover the thigh”. This should bring shame on anyone because it is immodest, and thus nakedness.

In John 21:7, it talks about Peter fishing naked but putting on his coat when he spotted Jesus on the shore to swim to him.
The word for naked that was used is “gymnos” which means “undergarments or clothing that didn’t cover your shoulders and went to your knees”.

I’m not saying that this dismantles the whole “swimming in fewer clothes is okay because it’s swimming” argument… well, actually, I am. Because it does.

There are more verses that talk about clothing and they are:

Lev 16:4, 2 Sam 10:4, Exo 20:26, 1 Thess 4:4, Proverbs  7:10, Proverbs 11:22

I would greatly encourage anyone to study these verses.

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Now, that I’ve explained the biblical definition of modesty, let’s talk about the people who know better but ignore it.

If you know better, do better. 

There’s a difference between being ignorant than being aware of what is immodest and still choosing to be immodest, and that’s a dangerous difference because that is disobedience to God and the standards He set.

I’ll have to admit, I’ve been very sad and disappointed lately.

I joined Instagram yesterday, and I’ve seen pictures of sisters wearing things I know they know are immodest.

I’ve seen skimpy dresses, swimming suits, and leotards, all on girls that I know understand modesty enough to follow it.

These are girls I’ve sat through modesty lessons during summer camp with, girls that I have talked to about modesty before, girls that have nodded their heads along to devotionals about this topic.

Sisters that if I didn’t know them and if I didn’t know they were Christians, I would assume were a member of the world instead of God’s family.

What happened to Romans 12? Is being fashionable in those short shorts really worth ignoring the Bible? 

These are not only sisters I love, but sisters that know better, and it’s terrible.

It’s terrible that you are choosing to disobey the Bible.

It’s terrible that you are posting those pictures for our brothers in Christ to see.

And this isn’t just the girls although our gender is often the bigger culprits, why do I see shirtless pictures of brothers who I know are aware of the definition of Biblical nakedness?

The other day someone made a comment that there are more weak Christian girls than guys and I disagreed.

The difference is that weak Christian girls are easier to spot because they have more options to dress immodestly.  

The guys who shrug at immodesty, repost immodest pictures of girls and set that trash willingly before their eyes are just as weak.

“It doesn’t bother me.”

Either you’re lying or you have been desensitized.

You know what, immodesty when it comes to girls doesn’t bother me either. I can see a girl’s shoulders, thighs, chest, etc. and not care, I’m not attracted to girls, it doesn’t affect me.

But you know what bothers me? The lack of obedience to the Bible when I know those people know better. 

 

And that’s really all I have to say for today, I’ll get off my soapbox now.

If you read this post, please study, and if you know better, do better.

Being modest is hard, but it’s possible, and 100% worth it. 

 

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Cosmetics and the Heart Behind Them

If you know me in real life, then you probably know that I enjoy makeup. Despite my allergies, I have been still able to find makeup that I can wear and I like makeup and cosmetics.

I use to want to be a makeup artist and I wore a lot of makeup.

People use to try to make my makeup into a moral issue by saying it wasn’t “God-honoring” or that I was “false advertising” even though I’m not a shampoo bottle and have never been one.

Both sides of this discussion have been on my mind lately.

Cosmetics and the Heart Behind Them

A few days ago I was giving a friend, who is a new Christian, a ride and she was asking me about modesty, and then about wearing makeup and dyeing one’s hair, after thinking about it the best answer I could give was that it depended on the heart behind it. 

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”-1 Timothy 2:9

Broided hair was included because in that time women would often braid gold into their hair to show off their wealth, other times they wore gold to advertise that they were selling their bodies.

Modesty is a heart issue as well as an outward apparel issue.

Could I be prideful about wearing makeup and think that I am better than everyone who doesn’t? Yes, and that would be wrong.

Could one of my friends who doesn’t wear makeup be prideful about not wearing makeup and think she’s better than those of us that do? Yes, and that would be equally as wrong.

The real question is, what are your reasons for cosmetics? 

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Here are some bad reasons to wear makeup:

1. Insecurity.

I started wearing bbc cream and mascara when I was fourteen, the biggest reason was that I was insecure about my freckles. I had been made fun of about them and for as long as I could remember I wished that I didn’t have any.

I ended up really enjoying makeup, but I wish it hadn’t started from me being self-conscious.

Now I actually really like my freckles and wear less because I don’t want to cover them up.

If this is you, study the Bible about our worth in Christ and realize that cosmetics don’t add or take away from you as a child of God.

I’d also recommend going to places without makeup. It will help you realize how little it matters.

 

2. Pride.

“The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.”-Psalm 10:4

Makeup can be so much fun and it can be beautiful, but we must be careful that we don’t become prideful about our skills or how we look with a full face on, instead, we must search our hearts and make sure God is always our number one priority whether we wear makeup or not.

 

3. Flashiness.

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”-Philippians 2:3

This kind of goes back to pride, but we must be careful to not wear makeup to distract people.

There is a time and a place for green eyeshadow, but we shouldn’t be wearing makeup that is flashy or distracting to services.

We’re there to worship God and remember the death and resurrection, not to wear neon mascara, and maybe we can wear bright red eyeshadow without removing our focus from worship, but we must consider our brothers and sisters around us.

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Here are some reasons I have been personally cutting back on makeup:

 

1. Time.

How much time am I devoting to cosmetics in comparison to God? Could I have spent those twenty minutes studying instead of making sure my foundation was fine?

 

2. I don’t want my makeup to define me to others.

I try not to care what others think of me, but at the same time, I don’t want people to be intimidated by my makeup because recently I’ve been told that I can be intimidating at first.

I know I can prove people wrong by being friendly, but I also want to be able to look more down to earth. 

 

3. Money.

I’m graduating this year, and although I plan to take a gap year before I go off into the world (I’m thinking about going to Southwest School of Biblical Studies right now), I want to be wise and a good steward by starting to save money and cutting back on how much I spend on a monthly basis.

 

4. I’m not as insecure.

Here’s a well-known secret: I’m a very insecure person. However, I’m getting better at accepting what I can’t change about myself. God made my face and if someone doesn’t like it, they don’t have to look.

I like makeup, it calms and cheers me up to put it on, but I now fully know that it doesn’t make or break me.

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Both of these faces are a reality and that’s pretty cool.

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In conclusion: Really take a second to consider your heart behind putting on makeup or doing any other cosmetic thing.

I think makeup often slips under the cracks of being mindful of since it’s not an issue of salvation, but it can become a hindrance–as can anything–if we let it.

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Those are my thoughts as a lover of the Lord and of makeup!
What are your thoughts?

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