Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Thoughts on Modesty
Last night my oldest kept me company as I ran several errands...grocery store, dollar store to get stuff for a little boy's circus-themed party, Kohl's to look for some clothes for another child who never seems to have anything that matches (this happens often when you get lots of wonderful hand-me-downs! Cute pieces here and there, but not necessarily cute pieces that go together.) We had fun looking through the girls' clothes together. This morning she came to me asking if it was okay to wear bright colors and shiny accessories. We had a great talk on modesty and moderation. I love having a young lady in the house, and it's so exciting to see the Lord's work in her heart, making her sensitive to spiritual things.
I shared with Keely that I always thought of immodesty as wearing too-tight or revealing clothes that highlight a certain body part, which certainly qualify as immodest. But, more recently, I've come to realize that immodesty springs from a heart that wants to be noticed; that wants 'all eyes on me'. This is ground where few dare to tread for fear of being called a legalist. And, I don't think the answer is in saying, as some well-meaning Christian Bible study materials do, that you should never wear anything brightly colored or shiny or trendy. But I do think we women could all take a hard look at the clothes in our closet and ask the Lord to help us evaluate them honestly. Biblically. Not in a relative sense, as in "my clothes are more/less modest than so-and-so's." And I'm not excluding myself, here. There are a couple of things in my closet right now that my conscience has been whispering to me about. Jeans that would fit looser when I lose five more pounds, but nevertheless am wearing anyway.
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them. Are you ready to prayerfully consider the modesty of your heart?