You’ve probably heard the saying “if you’ve got it, flaunt it”—but I can’t think of a more dangerous motto for a Christian woman. If you’re often struggling against competing and comparing yourself, why would you dress in a manner that would give that same insecurity to your sister, or cause your brother to stumble?
1 Peter 3:3-4says it best:“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.”
This doesn’t mean we can’t fix our hair for church or snag a great dress on sale—but it does mean those tasks shouldn’t be our focus. Our priorities should always be directed inward. Then our outward self naturally shines with the love of Christ. There’s no face cream or makeup line that can beat that!
Act on these truths:
If these lies are a repeat struggle for you, it might be time to fast from worldly food. I’m not talking about a diet—rather, avoiding the avenues that let the lies in. Get off social media. Start spending less time with the people in your life who make you feel bad about yourself or who prompt you toward unrealistic perfection. Delete Instagram from your phone for a set amount of time. Unfollow the people on Facebook you’re jealous of.
Take action steps to guard your heart—and then fill those gaps with the Word of God.
Betsy St. Amant Haddox is the author of fourteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She resides in north Louisiana with her newlywed hubby, two story-telling young daughters, a collection of Austen novels, and an impressive stash of Pickle Pringles. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women restored in Christ. When she's not composing her next book or trying to prove unicorns are real, Betsy can usually be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white-chocolate mocha. Look for her latest novel with HarperCollins, LOVE ARRIVES IN PIECES, and POCKET PRAYERS FOR FRIENDS with Max Lucado. Visit her at http://www.betsystamant.com./
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