Sometimes I grow incredibly weary of our culture in America. Women are held to incredibly unrealistic standards, and these standards can be just as unforgiving in church as they are in the world.
I look at popular worship and CCM bands/artists, and there’s not much difference between us and the world. I can’t help but feel that, at times, in our aspirations of relating to our culture that we conform too much to culture. Are we really making any difference?
I’ve never been a girly girl, and I’ve spent most of my life feeling a bit awkward in a more feminine crowd. Most of the time it’s my own fault. My insecurities come to the surface, and I feel not pretty enough. I don’t wear the coolest or trendiest clothes. I’m typically two steps behind when it comes to fashion. I’m not a size 2, and I will never be. And let’s just face it, women can be pretty cruel to one another.
When Jesus came to this cold, dark world, He came to save those who were lost. (Luke 19:10) He came for the unwanted, unusable or used up, the prostitute, the tax collector, the ugly. He came for people like me and you – the total reject. God likes what the world sees as ugly! You can find this theme throughout the entire Bible; not just the New Testament. Just take a look at the stories of Moses, David, Daniel, Ruth, etc. God loves to take our weaknesses and make them our greatest strengths. I believe He prefers it this way so that we can never take His glory for what he accomplishes through us.
I encourage you to stop looking at yourself or your life through the lens of culture, and start looking at yourself through the eyes of God, who loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for you. I wish so much that we could wrap our minds around that concept.
I like the message of this song:
I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Feel free to leave me a comment! 😉
PS. This book comes out later this year, and I can’t wait to read it!