My wife is the queen of modesty...at least in dress, which I greatly appreciate. In our discussion last night on Relationships, I was reminded of a summer camp event in 2009. While standing in the check out line at wal-mart the perfect storm came together giving me a product that.
Before we left with our church group to go to Orange Beach, AL, Theresa went to the fabric store and bought a bunch of different color samples of swimming suit type fabric, needles and thread. I was a little skeptical about her idea, but supported her efforts...not knowing how the young ladies would react to her suggestion.
She suggested to many of the girls to consider covering up their cleavage and low cut swimsuits. The first day, many of the girls chose to sew on an attachment to the tops of their swimsuits. But to my surprise, the second day, everyone of the girls who had low cut tops sewed such fabric onto their swimsuits. When asked for reasons of Why? They said they were sick of guys looking at their chest before they looked at their eyes, they didn't want to lead guys on, they didn't want to give guys a reason to lust after their bodies, and it made them feel more comfortable (not constantly having to tug their top up).
Trip Lee, a christian who is in the hip hop music industry, challenges through his lyrics for guys to make a covenant with their eyes not to look lustfully upon a woman.
Though the photo above is a funny "As Seen on TV," what would happen if this became the norm. Covering it up? Consider the reasons the girls at the beach gave. Ladies, become a woman of virtue. Dudes, make a covenant with your eyes.
"I don't want your goodies baby, you can keep your cookies lady
I know they got M&Ms but this road I'm on is slim and shady"
Every now and then I hear a song, hymn, or bible verse with a different ear. You know, like when you finally realize what the lyric says or ...I though the song was about _______. Yesterday was one of those occurrences. In 1873, Horatio Spafford, penned a very well known and widely loved hymn. With the second verse of, It is well with my soul, Spafford showed me a glimpse of my depravity and reminded me of how unworthy I am to receive God's mercy.
What is the line you ask? ..."That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul." My helpless estate. My helpless estate. My helpless estate. All I am or will ever be is nothing without His grace and mercy. Such true words. Romans 5:8 -but God showed his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He died for my helpless estate. The gift of God (Eph 2:8-9), I could not earn it or buy it. But I have it. I have believed that Jesus died for my sins and have confessed Him as my savior.
My estate? Still helpless (especially in comparison to His). But who cares. I no longer live for me...but for Christ.
Have you considered your "helpless estate?" Are you trying to hold onto the things of this world? If so, let go and let Jesus be your stronghold.
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.