It was a morning of shopping sales with my siblings. K-Mart had a 40% off clearance, and I was finding many nice shirts for just a couple of dollars each. While walking with Elijah, I spied another rack of colorful shirts that looked promising. Picking one up, I was about to unfold it when I noticed the neckline - a somewhat low looking V. Putting it down, I walked away, mumbling, "No, v-necks never seem to work very well..." Elijah heard, and commented, "You girls must have a hard time finding clothes. It's easy for me. All I have to do is grab a shirt or pair of jeans and I'm set. Men's clothes don't have all of those weird sizes and things."
Yes, we girls do have a hard time when shopping for clothes. I'm sure all of you girls can say a resounding "Amen!" to that! These days, it seems like most things are either too low, too short, too tight, or too something! Finding longer, nice-looking shirts that I actually liked was something pretty rare and quite made my day! Too often, however, I've spent a day shopping only to come home with a sigh and nothing to show for the time spent searching. That's part of why I sew a lot, for I can design and make clothes the way I like them.
Why do we do it? Why do we dress modestly? Is it because it's easy? Definitely not! It takes time, energy, and sometimes more money to find modest apparel. Is it because it's in style? No again. Most of the fashions today would have you showing too much and concealing too little. A modest maiden often stands out somewhat, simply because she's going against the flow. I've longs since stopped trying to fit in with changing fads, and decided to instead focus on making my own modesty statement and starting my own modest trends.
Modesty isn't something that's easy or popular. Neither is it a list of do's and don'ts or clear-cut rules. Modesty starts in the heart and the outward appearance is what reflects what's inside. Nor does modesty simply apply to clothes; true modesty is evident in the way you carry and conduct yourself.
So, why do we dress modestly? We dress modestly to bring glory to our Heavenly Father and to honor Him with what we wear. We dress modestly to protect our brothers and brothers-in-Christ, so that they may at least be spared the visual assaults when with us. We dress modestly to honor our future husbands, saving ourselves for them alone. We dress modestly for the world, to show them that yes, there is something different about us as Christians.
Why do I dress modestly? I dress modestly because I am one of the...
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