Can I Come In?

Little five year old boys don’t usually want to play with girls putting on makeup – unless it is boring because there are no other boys around. That changes everything. At least it did for Jude, my grandson. My four granddaughters had locked themselves in the... read more

My Mother’s Christmas Wish

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Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” I Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

One of my duties as school nurse was to conduct scoliosis screenings for fifth grade students every spring. Backs were checked for an abnormal curvature of the spine that might need medical attention.
The process was simple. Girls and boys were checked separately. The girls would go behind screens and put on a gown open to the back. Boys had to simply stand in the hallway, take off their shirts and wait to have their backs checked.
But when we held the screening and I asked the boys to remove their shirts to be checked, they acted like I had asked them to run around in their underwear and immediately started protesting. “What?! We can’t do that! What if a girl sees us?”
Exasperated, I pulled them into a room. “What in the world is wrong with you guys? You take your shirts off in front of the girls at the swimming pool all summer! This isn’t any different.”
But one boy in the back of the group raised his hand and said “It IS different, Nurse Nancy. You are supposed to have your shirts off when you are swimming but not when you are just standing around in the hallway at school. That’s not the way it’s supposed to be.”
The truth of his words hit me in the face. “That’s not the way it’s supposed to be.” How right he was. I had forgotten what these young boys understood: modesty. A word seldom heard any more but one that is hugely important.
The culture we live in celebrates immodesty when it comes to clothing: dress however you want to, if it makes you happy or helps you feel good about yourself or – sadly – focuses the attention of other people, including the opposite sex, on you.
What once was shocking is now the norm. Don’t agree? Think about the styles just ten years ago compared to today.
Still not convinced? Check out today’s Hollywood actresses and how they dress as they walk the red carpet. Less seems to be best. Even some reporters covering these events have commented that there seems to be a new low in how far actresses will UNdress on the red carpet.
Today’s Key Scripture in I Corinthians 6:19-20 reminds us of one very important fact: We belong to God. The Holy Spirit lives in us. We need to remember to honor the One who died for us and who lives for us, in how we think, how we speak and, yes, in how we dress. Certain ways of dressing may be the current style and they may be popular but are they appropriate for me as a Christian?
The next time you are questioning whether or not to wear a certain outfit, I encourage you to decide if it is in line with our Key Scripture or, as my fifth grade student said “not the way it’s supposed to be.”

Father, I do not want to ever forget that you created us and have given us the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts. May I honor you by not only how I look on the inside but also on the outside to those around me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Have you ever worn something to an event, even though you knew that it was not an appropriate/modest outfit? If so, why did you go ahead and wear it?

Take a morning to look through your closet to see if you have any clothes that are immodest. Ask yourself if you would be honoring God if you wore each one? If the answer is yes, keep it. If the answer is no, throw it out.

I Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”

Proverbs 31:25 (NIV) “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”

I Timothy 2:9-10 (NIV) “ I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes,  but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.”

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