Spring Break, Bikinis and Short Shorts

Spring Break, Bikinis and Short Shorts

I remember my first iPhone. Before that I had a sturdy little flip phone. I know this makes me sound about as old as Moses.
My little flip phone could do two things: text and call. But, my iPhone? Oh, my iPhone. It could ALL the things. It could do everything but your homework. By now maybe there is an app for that.
I stood in the AT&T store with that shiny new sleek thin phone in my hands and knew it wouldn’t survive a day with me without a cover.
“What is the strongest cover you have? I mean like industrial strength here? Like I can trip on my own feet on a flat sidewalk and smash this thing strength? Or accidentally run over it with my car deal?”
The nice man showed me a LifeProof case and put it on before I even walked out of the store.
Was I ashamed of my new iPhone? Did I want everyone in the world to not know I had a phone? Was I disguising my phone?
No. I was protecting it.
As we begin spring break I am a mom who will be hanging out with a 4-year-old. But, I recall with ease what Spring Break meant when I was younger — the beach. It meant the bikini and the short shorts. Or rather it meant me wishing I could wear the little bikini and the short shorts.
I lacked both the figure, the confidence or the money from my parents for the bikini or the short shorts.
But, if I had all those things. Would that make wearing less any more ok?
When I was younger I was so entirely focused on the obstacles that stood in my way of wearing skimpy on spring break or summer vacation that I didn’t really stop to ask if I should.
When college came I felt dressing with less was more about self image and being confident. The more confident I was the less I could wear. It made sense at the time.
Now, I see how very wrong I was. I had it all backwards.
The world has a way of doing that with the truth. It gets things upside down.
Dressing modestly, showing less isn’t a sign of shame or because we lack the confidence or that perfect figure. Dressing modestly isn’t about showing less of who you are. It’s about showing more of the real you. Letting the inner beauty shine.
It’s about showing the world that beauty isn’t in a flat stomach or toned thighs. It’s about honoring God by protecting this sacred temple He created for a purpose — to do His good work.
Dressing modestly is a dying art. It can be done in a way that’s entirely fashion forward. I’m a style editor. That’s right, I write about clothes for a living. And I can tell you it’s entirely possible to dress in a way that pleases God and is anything but dull.
So, why do you dress the way you do? Who are we seeking to please? What attention are we trying to gain?
It’s a convicting question … why do I wear what I wear?
And why did I put a cover on my precious iPhone? Because it’s valuable. It has a purpose and I don’t want to leave it vulnerable to be destroyed by the elements (including my own clumsy self).
I have found in my life that dressing a certain way does garner attention. But, dressing modestly? It says a host of things before we ever open our mouths and it can be the first line of defense in sending the wrong attention running the other way.
If dressing to show more of your body is what it takes to garner a certain guy’s attention you can be sure you aren’t alone in catching his eye. And the truth of the matter is this: it is not a guy’s eye that you want to catch.
At the end of the day we all want soul deep relationships with people who see who we really are. And believe it or not, it can start with covering up more rather than less.

I am a joyful believer in Jesus Christ, a mother, a sister, a writer, a maker of gluten free roux and a style editor. I love my son Wilder and the wild life that comes with a 4-year-old who has the energy of a pack of wolves. I also love naps (a lot). I love to cook and create my favorite dishes without gluten not because I'm trendy and anti-gluten so much as it makes me feel like I've been run over by a pack of wolves. I teach 5th and 6th grade girls Sunday School and have a classroom of the greatest girls I could imagine. Girls who often teach me more than I teach them. I believe these girls and many others are the spark to start a fire for The Lord the likes of which this world has never seen. I see more and more girls learning about more than just who God is ... but, learning about who God says THEY are. It is my prayer for every woman to know without doubt that we have a good good Father in heaven and whatever is not right on this earth, He will make right in this life or the next.

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