August 10, 2009
One Good Reason
Lisa Whittle, She Seeks Coordinator
“Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live,
not the way you talk, that counts.” James 3:13 (MSG)
It all started with a girl named Debbie.
Debbie was about 18 when she attended my family’s local Baptist church. I was 8 and entering an awkward stage. She was brunette and beautiful. All the boys wanted to date her, and all the girls wanted to be her. I just wanted her hair.
Debbie successfully got her hair to form glorious, sweeping cowlicks in the front, with perfection matched only by 70’s singers on album covers. I admired it from afar, coveting its style. I bugged my mom so bad about wanting it, she finally decided to pick up the phone and ask Debbie how she did it. Seems a little Aqua Net and the blast of a hairdryer did the trick. At least for Debbie.
You may be interested to know that I never did achieve the style of my hair-icon Debbie. Apparently Debbie did not have fine hair such as mine. But boy did she give me a good reason to spray, tease and blow-dry my little heart out trying. She wore her hair so beautifully that I believed I would look just as beautiful if I had her style.
This silly childhood example reminds me of the very real influence we have on each other. Even as adults we see another woman’s fashion style and we try to copy it. We watch another woman’s success, and we try to match it. We want what others have…try to be what others are…and believe that we will be more and live better if we can only become like someone else.
The truth is, even though I want to be a trendsetter, an individualist, a unique woman with a mind of my own, I have to admit I am just as impressionable as the next person. Let’s face it, no matter our age, we influence and are influenced by each other.
As ironic as this may sound, the thought of how impressionable we are gives me great hope as to how we can help other women find Jesus. I Corinthians 11:1 talks about the type of influence we can have on one another – a way of living that comes from within and attracts those around us to want what we have. “Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ,” speaks directly to this type of Godly influence.
It’s about wearing Christ with the authentic beauty of a heart that’s been changed, giving other women a reason to want what we have. To look like we look. To live like we live. To be what we are. Make no mistake, our hurting girlfriends are looking for one good reason to change their lives. The reality is that our lives may be the only reason they find to seek out something different than what they have known. It’s a beautiful, important responsibility.
May we always remember that our mission in life is not one of perfect hair or worldly achievement, but of living and breathing the message of Jesus Christ by our words, our actions, and most importantly, our life. May we embrace the privilege of imitating Christ, so that our girlfriends and others we have influence over will see something in us that they want desperately to have. May we wear Him well so His beauty is fully and completely represented. For the influence we have through Him will last much longer than a fashion fad…a social trend…or even, a coveted hairstyle like Debbie’s.
Let’s have what they want, and show them how to get it.
Jesus, You are the reason to love, to live and to breathe. You alone make the journey possible. May we remember that we represent You always, and help us understand how to do that in such a way that it will lead others to a saving relationship with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Becoming a Woman of Influence Message on CD by Marybeth Whalen
Remember - why your life with Jesus is better than your life was without Him.
Pray - for a passion to represent Christ and draw others to Him.
Live - authentically, genuinely, and purposefully.
How often do you think about how you represent Christ in daily living?
Do you care enough about the hurts and needs of others to offer them a solution through a relationship with Jesus Christ?
Is something hindering your ability to be the influence for Christ you want and need to be? If so, why and how can you change that?
Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your good deed shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (NLT)
© 2009 by Lisa Whittle . All rights reserved.
Proverbs 31 Ministries
616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road
Matthews, NC 28105
Originally published Monday, 10 August 2009.