- Abbigale Winslow
Why Modesty Matters
How low is too low? How short is too short?
It's something that we Christian women deal with daily. We don't give it much thought either until we are asking ourselves, "is this modest?".
Modesty is straight forward until...well it isn't.
Growing up I would always wonder where was the "line" for modesty. I would see girls wear dresses that weren't modest on prom but the same girls would never dream of wearing a tank top to school. And don't get me started on why boys could seem to wear whatever they wanted while I felt like us girls always got the "modesty is hottesty" lesson.
So taking a step back I want to have a girl-to-gril talk on modesty. No, I'm not going to spell out the rules here for you. Because honestly, my rules are probably different then your standards of modesty or vis versa. But let's start with a big belief that I don't think we understand about modesty.
The belief: We are modest so men don't lust after us.
I understand that men are more prone to lustful thoughts and behaviors than women. But I think we do a huge disservice to our fellow brothers in Christ if we act like they are lessor beings or that they can't control themselves. A Godly man will still be a Godly man regardless of your level of modesty. We can help out our brothers in Christ when we remove temptation by dressing modestly. Instead of making attraction about your body, you want it to be about your personality.
Okay. So that is true and a great reason to be modest, but it is such a small part of the reason to be modest!
Modesty is about your attitude towards your body. It's about reverence for God's great gift to you. It's about your respect for yourself.
So I hope tomorrow morning when you get dressed that you do so with respect and reverence in mind. To learn more about some modesty tips I learned from growing up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, click on the video below.
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