Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Presenting Purity

Last Sunday evening, Daddy and I attended a harp concert given by Greg Buchanan, a harpist who plays beautifully and who is really on fire for God. The Hart family came as well, and we enjoyed each other's fellowship at the snack supper following the concert.

As Miriam and I were talking, laughing, and eating together, a lady from the church we were in walked up and inquired our ages. Learning that we were 16, she smiled and said, "I was just telling my husband that you both are the kind of girl I want my 16-year-old grandson to marry - so sweet and pure." I don't relate this experience to extol Miriam's or my goodness in any way, for we are fallible, and only what we are through God's grace. He alone can help us as we follow a path of purity.

I tell you this story to encourage you. People don't usually come up and tell you that they admire your purity, yet you can be sure that many do notice. In this world, a maiden of purity is like a breath of fresh air or a cool breeze on a summer day. Many may notice that something is different about you; some may scorn your innocence, but most will admire you, perhaps secretly, for the treasure you have. Never be afraid to "let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16) Neither Miriam nor I knew the lady who so encouraged us, and we're not likely to see her again. However, many more like her notice you you conduct yourself, and what kind of person you are. Remember to present yourself pure, and by doing so glorify your Father. Be a strong, pure, and bright light in this dark age.

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." ~ Matthew 5:8

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your Word." ~ Psalm 119:9

6 comments:

Ella said...

Anna, that was something nice to share. I can need that reminder of why I dress with modesty and purity. (Not that I would do the opposite:-) But being reminded that people are watching you is a good thing. It's like Natalie's (YLCF) love story. My prayer is that mine will be the same way!

Hope you girls are doing well!

Miriam Rebekah said...

I remember, I told Mother about it later.
It was very encouraging to be encouraged!

Pea #1 (Alli) said...

Thanks for that, Anna! It was a real blessing to be reminded that people do notice when girls dress modestly, act chastely and discreetly, and live purely. We think that we are overlooked in the midst of a world of girls who are flashy, inappropriate, and immodest. But it is noticed, have no doubt. It is noticed and pondered over.

Let us be grateful to God for putting us into homes and situations that inspire this love for purity. It is only by His grace that we have come to see purity as beautiful and valued, instead of old-fashioned and repressive.

PS-Have been visiting your blog for a while but somehow missed linking here from the blog I share with my sisters. Will do so right away! :)

Sheila said...

Thankyou! This actually ties in with a post I just made on my blog a few days ago. Perhaps you want to read it? http://homeschoolblogger.com/ChristsInstrument I appreciate you sharing experiences like this to encourage us to be pure to shine for Jesus and save ourselves for the man God has planned for each of us. :)
Sheila

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

What great encouragement! Our goal should always be to reflect Christ!

micah noel said...

Oh, that's so neat that you were able to hear Greg Buchanan! My mother, my sister, and I got to see him play last year. It was wonderful to watch him play so excellently, and it encouraged me as a beginning harpist. :)

You're right, people do notice young ladies who are different. Everywhere we go, we should spread the "aroma of Christ," "and the fragrance of life" (II Cor. 2:15-16).