Monday, April 07, 2008

Never walk. Strut.

Never walk... Strut!

These words accentuated this advertisement which I encountered driving into the big city on Saturday. Here is the picture that accompanied those big, bold words. It made my mind think of the phrase, "to strut like a peacock". This, in turn, took my mind to Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.

How our society would love women to strut. The continual fascination to pursue what "we deserve," to "love ourselves," to "believe in ourselves," are all enticements towards the pride that so easily takes residence in a heart... such as mine. Though I desire to walk humbly, quietly, with grace and truth, and with love, the greatest obstacle in my feeble soul is my pride, and that remnant of sin which seeks to usurp God from residing as Great One within me.

Last week's coffee cup verse is true help in such a war - Do not love the world, or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For the things in the world - the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of possessions (NASB - the boastful pride of life) are not of the Father, but are of the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever (1 Jn.2:15-17).

Praise be to God, "who... with the temptation will provide the way of escape also." We do not need to buy into the world's call to strut. We can set our eyes on the things above and these lusts will pass away.

4 comments:

Faith said...

I enjoyed reading this.
I am trying to teach my daughters (ages 14, 9) about modesty yet at the same time to be trendy and stylish. Sometimes it is hard....especially with all the media. But, we are perservering because it is so important to shine the Light of Jesus in this world, be a good example for girls/women who don't know Christ. I am trying to teach my girls that yes, we are in the world, but we need to be more excellent than the world in our speaking, dress, actions,etc. We need to take on the mind of Jesus... I love this verse and read it often!!

nacotaco said...

Hi, just reading your blog......its nice to read about a christian and how God uses them.......nancy

Marlene S. said...

Faith and Nacotaco, thanks for stopping by.

Dan S. said...

Good post. When's the next one coming?

Love,
Anonymous in Louisville